Dry Cleaners Etc

 
Site Contact:
Andrew Kleist
On-Scene Coordinator

(kleist.andrew@epa.gov)

Site Location:
New London, WI 54961
response.epa.gov/DryCleanersEtc

Announcements and Key Topics

EPA is beginning a vapor intrusion study this winter in the residential area near the Dry Cleaners Etc site. This study will help EPA determine if fumes from volatile organic compounds, or VOC’s, are seeping into homes at unsafe levels. Property owners and residents will be contacted by EPA representatives to schedule appointments for sampling.

Background

The Dry Cleaners Etc site is surrounded by a mixture of residential and commercial properties, including the New London Public Library. The property was a gas filling station from the 1930s to 1960. Dry cleaning operations, under several different owners, began from around 1960 to 2015. The exact source of VOC contamination is unknown but linked to historical dry-cleaning operations. Currently, the building is leased by a video game store.

An environmental repair case was created in August 2008 after the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, or WDNR, was notified of site assessment results from 1997. Soil sampling that took place in 2008 and 2010 indicated exceeding levels of VOCs in the groundwater. Additional groundwater sampling took place in 2010, 2011, and 2019. The results showed elevated levels of VOCs in multiple wells.

Concentrations of VOCs in soil and groundwater led to sub-slab vapor sampling of source building. A mitigation system was installed in source building in June 2021. Three off-site properties have been sampled for vapors.

In October 2021, WDNR requested EPA assistance after the responsible party notified the state agency that they were unable to continue site investigations.

What Is the Current Site Status?

Starting this winter, EPA will contact property owners and residents to schedule appointments for air sampling. The sampling process will take place over a 3-day period. EPA will use SUMMA cannisters to collect air samples overnight. EPA will remove the canisters to send to an EPA laboratory for analysis