Environmental Enlightenment #97
By Ami Adini -
Reissued February 28, 2017

This is a SHORT, LIGHT and SIMPLE newsletter. Its purpose is to rekindle in the initiated concepts they have once learned, and enlighten the uninitiated on concepts they may have never heard of, but will understand once they are introduced to them.

Environmental Investigations in Dry Cleaning Operations
Contaminant Source Areas - Where to Sample II

(The information in this newsletter has been gleaned from an EPA sponsored site http://www.drycleancoalition.org and enhanced with images.)

This info-letter is one of a series on drycleaning operations, their impact on the environment and hurdles they pose in real estate transactions. Search here for more.

Service Door

Historically, solvents have been delivered to the facility and wastes have been stored and discharged outside the service door of the drycleaning facility.

If the drycleaning solvent was delivered to the facility by tank truck, find out where the solvent delivery truck parks or parked during deliveries.

If solvents were delivered by tank truck there were likely incidental spills or discharges associated with the solvent transfer. If the delivery area is paved with asphalt, sample in areas where the asphalt is deteriorated or dissolved.

The area outside the service door has also been a favorite discharge area for contact water and a storage area for spent cartridge filters. The area outside the service door on the side to which the door opens is a prime sampling area. If there are several doors at the facility, the door located nearest the dry cleaning machine/distillation unit was the most likely waste disposal point.

Stressed vegetation or unpaved areas with no vegetation may be indicators of
waste disposal areas.


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Ami Adini is a veteran environmental practitioner with over 40 years of experience. He carries a Bachelor of Science degree (B.Sc.) in Mechanical Engineering including academic credits in Nuclear and Chemical Engineering and postgraduate education in these fields. His career includes design and construction of nuclear plant facilities, chemical processing plants and hazardous wastewater treatment systems. He is a former California Registered Environmental Assessor Levels I & II in the 1988-2012 registry that certified environmental professionals in the assessment and remediation of environmentally impacted land, and a Registered Environmental Professional (REP) since 1989 with the National Registry of Environmental Professionals (NREP). He is a California Business & Professions Code Qualifying Responsible Managing Officer (RMO) in the General Engineering Contractor classification with Hazardous Substance Removal and Asbestos certifications, and president of AMI ADINI ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES, INC. (AAES), a general engineering contractor and consulting firm specializing in environmental site assessments, rehabilitation of contaminated sites and removal of environmental risks from real-estate transactions. (Contact Ami for a complete resume.) AAES provides practical solutions to environmental concerns using the highest standards of ethics and integrity while providing its clients with maximum return on their investments.