Dry Cleaner Fails to Maintain Proper Containment of PCE Canisters

Dry Cleaner Fails to Maintain Proper Containment of PCE Canisters

Acknowledgement to Great American

A dry cleaner tenant located in an upscale shopping center was found to have been illegally operating by failing to maintain adequate containment of spent perchloroethylene (PCE) solvent canisters. The canisters were stored in an exterior trash container and over time the PCE leaked onto the cracked macadam surface and eventually migrated off-site. The plume traveled with the flow of groundwater and contaminated several adjacent residential properties requiring clean-up. The residents filed bodily injury and property damage claims against the dry cleaner and the owner of the shopping center.

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