Crown Cleaners (initiation of ROD remedies)

Site Contact:
Jeff M. Bechtel
On Scene Coordinator

Site Location:
35968 State Route 3
Carthage (Herrings), NY 13619

The 9-acre Crown Cleaners of Watertown, Inc. Site is a former dry cleaning and
laundry facility located in the Village of Herrings, Jefferson County on New York State Route 3. There are three buildings in poor condition located on the former facility property.

From 1890 until the mid-1960's, the former facility property was used by the St. Regis Paper Co. to produce paper bags. A textile manufacturer subsequently operated on the former facility property for several years. In the late 1970's, the property was purchased by Crown Cleaners of Watertown, Inc. and was operated until 1991 as a dry cleaning and laundry facility.

Tetrachloroethene (PCE) and machine oils and greases were used.
Wastewater was discharged into basement storage pits, which then discharged through the foundation walls to the ground. Used dry cleaning machine filters were dumped on the former facility property.

Several New York State investigations were conducted at the Site during the 1990's which resulted in the Site being referred to EPA for further evaluation in 2000.

In 2000 EPA secured the property, removed and disposed of VOC-contaminated
sludge and debris, sump pit water, spent dry cleaning filters, removed friable asbestos containing materials, demolished an unstable portion of the main building and disposed of approximately 5,000 gallons of waste oil. EPA also demolished a large smoke stack from which it is believed the PAHs emanated.

On September 4, 2002, the Site was listed on EPA's Superfund National Priorities List.

EPA conducted field investigations at the Site from 2004 through 2011, which culminated in the completion of a remedial investigation and feasibility study (RI/FS) report in December 2011.

This current removal action will address the demolition of all remaining structures, disposal of all remaining containerized wastes and asbestos, and excavation and disposal of contaminated soils.