2019 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Tue, 6 Aug 2019 23:02:02 -0700 (PDT)
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Subject: [CPEO-BIF] Thoro Kleen dry cleaner site, Georgetown, Delaware
Former senator challenges state in brownfield battle

By Shannon Marvel McNaught 
Smyrna-Clayton Sun Times (DE)
August 6, 2019 
DNREC is suing Joe Booth for failing to clean up a former dry-cleaning property, but it is already part of DNREC’s brownfield cleanup program.

An ongoing court battle pits former Sen. Joseph Booth against the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control over chemical cleanup costs.


His parents, William and Iva Booth, bought a Thorogood dry-cleaning business at 10 Railroad Avenue in the 1950s. Not long after, they bought 11 Railroad Avenue and moved it there, renaming it Thoro Kleen. Joe Booth worked for his parents for about a year before buying the property and business in 1986.

While Booth knew toxic chemicals were used, he claims he does not know of any being disposed of improperly while his parents had the business.


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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