Process Tanks Leak Chlorinated Solvents

Acknowledgement to Great American

A small powder coating company which leased an industrial unit from a large property owner went into liquidation. Contractors employed to refurbish the unit discovered large, poorly maintained process tanks leaking chlorinated solvents. Furthermore, chemicals escaped through cracks in the concrete floor, causing extensive soil and groundwater contamination to the surrounding property. The contamination had the potential to impact sensitive water resources. As a result of the former tenant going into liquidation, the property owner became liable for the resulting environmental exposures. Investigations were undertaken and extensive risk modeling prepared to determine the potential impacts on local water resources. Significant expense was incurred to remove the source area, impacted soils and to install a groundwater treatment system.

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