2009 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Mon, 21 Dec 2009 00:22:49 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
Subject: [CPEO-BIF] Rochester (New York) area dry-cleaning spills
Dry-cleaning chemical spills require cleanup throughout Rochester area

Steve Orr
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (NY)
December 20, 2009

From Brockport to Penfield, from Main Street in Rochester to Monroe Avenue in Brighton, the local map is stained with more than a dozen spots where dry cleaning went bad.

The cause: A toxic chemical solvent that for decades washed clothes miraculously clean but escaped into the environment at the same time, leaving contaminated soil and underground plumes.

Countywide, there are 13 current and former dry-cleaning sites known to be contaminated by the solvent. An additional four sites, including a potentially large one on East Main Street in the city, are currently under investigation. Special ventilation systems to safeguard against the buildup of chemical vapors in buildings have been installed in at least six locations.


For the entire article, see

See also
Dry-cleaner contamination draws multiple lawsuits in area


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
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