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From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2008 11:28:49 -0700 (PDT)
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Subject: [CPEO-BIF] Huge Las Vegas (NV) PCE plume
Cleaners' chemical lingers in water, soil
Huge 'plume' traced to business under bankruptcy protection

By Joe Schoenmann
Las Vegas Sun (NV)
September 29, 2008

A massive plume of pollution under acres of homes, roads and a golf course in central Las Vegas is the worst of 28 sites in the valley contaminated by the same chemical.

At some point, someone winds up footing the bill for cleaning up those sites, and the Las Vegas National Golf Club case is turning out to be a local test of federal regulations outlining who pays when the polluter has filed for bankruptcy protection. In this case, the party in bankruptcy court is Al Phillips the Cleaner.


More worrisome, however, are the vapors from PCE that "can come up through the soil and potentially get into some of these houses" or other buildings that sit atop contaminated land, Pistone added.

The Maryland Square site is large and sweeps east from a former Al Phillips the Cleaner business at 3661 Maryland Parkway, north of Twain Avenue and west of the Boulevard Mall. The building that housed the dry cleaning business was demolished in 2006.


For the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
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