Environmental Enlightenment #99
By Ami Adini -
Reissued March 15, 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 IV

(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 on drycleaning operations, their historical impact on the environment and hurdles they may pose in today’s real estate transactions. Search here for more.

Floor Drains

Sampling should also be conducted near floor drains.

If solvent wastes are discharged down floor drains plumbed with PVC piping, PCE can soften and even dissolve the PVC. The elbow joints of drain lines are particularly susceptible to dissolution.

Floor drains are commonly located in the boiler room at drycleaning facilities. Since PCE vapors are denser than air, the vapors tend to settle to the floor, particularly after the drycleaning plant has been shut down for the day. These vapors will migrate to low spots along the facility floor and floor drains.

Floor expansion joints and cracks in the floor slab are prime entry point for these vapors.

 

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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.