C&B Dry Cleaners Added To Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Sites

The former C&B Dry Cleaners has been added to the list of inactive hazardous waste disposal sites.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation maintains a list of inactive hazardous waste disposal sites. The site, located at 2241 Washington St., was added to the list as a Class 2 which means it does present a threat to public health and/or the environment.

An investigation was conducted under the Environmental Restoration Program. The investigation found the presence of chlorinated volatile organic compounds related to the dry cleaning process. Also arsenic exceeding applicable standards for soil, groundwater, soil vapor and indoor air was found. Indoor air impacts were identified in an adjacent commercial building and were addressed through the installation of a sub-slab depressurization system in 2006. Additional remedial actions are needed to address contamination associated with the site. DEC will keep the public informed throughout the investigation and cleanup of the site.

Additional information about this site can be found using the DEC’s Environmental Site Remediation Database Search engine which is located at www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/89221.html.

In March, public comments were asked for by the state DEC when it comes to the C&B Dry Cleaners site. Martin Doster, DEC regional engineer, Anthony Lopes, DEC environmental engineer, and Kristen Davidson, DEC citizen participation specialist, led an informative session at the James Prendergast Library. They said the proposed remedial action plan includes excavation and off-site disposal of on-site shallow contaminated soils which exceed guidance limits. The DEC will conduct an engineering design for the site that is anticipated to be complete in 2014. DEC officials stated they will keep the public informed throughout the investigation and cleanup of the site. The cost of the environmental cleanup is estimated to be around $1,264,000. Project work will be done in 2014-15.

The site is currently inactive. Chautauqua County obtained the property through foreclosure in 2001. The .22 acre site was operated as a dry cleaner from 1931 until 1999. In 2001, based on an environmental site assessment and site inspections, the county conducted an emergency removal action to remove various abandoned chemicals and solvents, including bleach, ethylene based solvents and tetrachlorethene. Two 500-gallon underground storage tanks, associated piping and excavated soil/fill were removed and disposed off-site during this 2001 emergency removal action. The building was demolished in 2003.