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Dry Cleaner Leaves Unclean Mess for EPA


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The site has historically housed a dry cleaning plant, a paper mill, and a factory that produced long underwear. Now all structures have been thoroughly crushed, backfilled into former basements and covered over with inert surface materials.  Several patches of grass and several trees bear mute testimony to what has happened here. The 9-acre site was placed on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Superfund list in 1991, a program for cleaning up environmentally toxic industrial sites. The EPA finalized its cleanup plan for this property in 2012, the main site pollutant having come from the dry cleaning operation that recently resided there. Plans for a park are in the works. Read more...