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 mechanical engineer, California Registered Environmental Assessor, Level II (Exp.), and president of AMI ADINI ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES, INC. (AAES), an environmental engineering consulting firm and general contractors specializing in all phases of environmental site assessments, rehabilitation of contaminated sites and upgrading of underground storage tank facilities. 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.