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Dry Cleaners

  EEC’s reputation for providing cost-effective environmental solutions for dry cleaners has made EEC the go-to choice for management companies, developers, and independent dry cleaner owners for over 20 years. The current and/or historic use of tetrachloroethene, better known as PCE or PERC, has negatively impacted most dry cleaner sites where it has been used; even when best available housekeeping and chemical storage practices have been implemented. EEC prides itself on working with landowners, managers, and individual dry cleaner owners to evaluate potential contamination and provide remedies, when necessary, in a manner that allows business to continue uninterrupted so both the landowner and dry cleaner owner do not lose necessary revenue. When dealing with an operating dry cleaner, decisions cannot always be driven by environmental factors alone. Each step needs to be a business decision that involves smart environmental practice that is reasonable to the existing business model. For example, on a recent project it was clear that the best remedial solution was to excavate shallow soils beneath the dry cleaner impacted by PCE; however, the business was still operating and could not afford to shut down to allow for excavation. Therefore, EEC installed a slab-slab depressurization system to eliminate the potential for vapor intrusion and subsequently performed the remedial excavation four months later in conjunction with already scheduled equipment upgrades. EEC’s overall project goal in supporting the dry cleaning industry is smart, common sense decisions that meet regulatory requirements that are manageable for the client. EEC’s experience has included:
  • Phase I Environmental Site Assessments‎ (ESA) / Due Diligence
  • Agency Negotiation
  • Subsurface Investigation Involving Soil, Soil Vapor, and Groundwater
  • Fate & Transport Analysis
  • Cost to Closure Evaluation
  • Evaluation of Funding / Insurance for Remedial Actions
  • Vapor Intrusion Evaluation
  • Indoor Air Sampling / Air Quality Evaluation
  • Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) for Construction or Facility Operations
  • Subsurface Infrastructure Evaluation
  • Permitting
  • Facility Audits
  • Community Engagement

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