Environmental

PCE in Groundwater Can be Stopped Before Impacting Public Supply Wells

Tetrachloroethylene is called PCE and it is widely used for dry-cleaning fabrics.  PCE is stored in drums, tanks, and used in dry cleaning machines. Before it was regulated, PCE was used as a de-greaser and equipment cleaner.  In the old days, it was commonly thrown out the back door in

What is PCE and How Did It Get Here?

PCE is tetrachloroethylene, a chlorinated solvent, which is a manufactured chemical that does not occur in the natural environment.  PCE was widely used as a metal degreaser by the military and industry since the 1940’s.  Later, PCE was also used in dry cleaning practices.  According to the California State Water

What is PCE and What are the Threats of PCE?

Tetrachloroethylene (PCE), is a chlorinated solvent used in dry cleaning and industrial operations.  It is also known as tetrachloroethene, or perchloroethylene (PERC).  If inadvertently spilled or leaked onto the ground surface, it can get into the soil and groundwater.  PCE does not degrade quickly and can remain in the subsurface

Dry Cleaners

California Air Resources Board – Phase out Perc Machines by 2023

By 2023 the Perc dry cleaning machines in California must be removed and replaced with “green” dry cleaning equipment that does not use PCE as the dry cleaning solvent.  According to the California Air Resources Board (ARB), the history of this decision is based on the events below: In 1991,

Ventilation is Key to Reducing PCE in Indoor Air

PCE concentrations in indoor air can be reduced by adequate ventilation and air flow.  But how much ventilation is needed?  And is there enough air movement to reduce the PCE in your store? Dry cleaners with PERC machines will have PCE concentrations in the air of their store because of

PCE in Groundwater Can be Stopped Before Impacting Public Supply Wells

Tetrachloroethylene is called PCE and it is widely used for dry-cleaning fabrics.  PCE is stored in drums, tanks, and used in dry cleaning machines. Before it was regulated, PCE was used as a de-greaser and equipment cleaner.  In the old days, it was commonly thrown out the back door in

What is PCE and How Did It Get Here?

PCE is tetrachloroethylene, a chlorinated solvent, which is a manufactured chemical that does not occur in the natural environment.  PCE was widely used as a metal degreaser by the military and industry since the 1940’s.  Later, PCE was also used in dry cleaning practices.  According to the California State Water

Property Owners

You are the RP

The property owner becomes the RP (Responsible Party) for the remediation of dry cleaner sites when the operator of the dry cleaner and the generator of contamination cannot be held financially responsible.  This means if the operator cannot be found, is not insured, or is insolvent then the property owner

Keep Certificates of Insurance

Prior to about 1987, general liability insurance policies on dry cleaners included the cost of environmental liability and cleanup.  If property owners collected certificates of additionally insured from the dry cleaner businesses then it is possible they can file a claim now for environmental cleanup.  After 1987 the insurance companies

PCE in Groundwater Can be Stopped Before Impacting Public Supply Wells

Tetrachloroethylene is called PCE and it is widely used for dry-cleaning fabrics.  PCE is stored in drums, tanks, and used in dry cleaning machines. Before it was regulated, PCE was used as a de-greaser and equipment cleaner.  In the old days, it was commonly thrown out the back door in

What is PCE and How Did It Get Here?

PCE is tetrachloroethylene, a chlorinated solvent, which is a manufactured chemical that does not occur in the natural environment.  PCE was widely used as a metal degreaser by the military and industry since the 1940’s.  Later, PCE was also used in dry cleaning practices.  According to the California State Water

Realtors

What is PCE and How Did It Get Here?

PCE is tetrachloroethylene, a chlorinated solvent, which is a manufactured chemical that does not occur in the natural environment.  PCE was widely used as a metal degreaser by the military and industry since the 1940’s.  Later, PCE was also used in dry cleaning practices.  According to the California State Water

What Happens when Contamination isn’t Identified in a Phase I?

California specifies the requirements and protocol for Phase I environmental site assessments in ASTM E1527 but even with the process outlined in detail, sometimes information is missed and a contaminated property is transferred from a seller to a buyer.  There are horror stories of Phase I consultants missing information about

Developers

What is PCE and How Did It Get Here?

PCE is tetrachloroethylene, a chlorinated solvent, which is a manufactured chemical that does not occur in the natural environment.  PCE was widely used as a metal degreaser by the military and industry since the 1940’s.  Later, PCE was also used in dry cleaning practices.  According to the California State Water

What is PCE and What are the Threats of PCE?

Tetrachloroethylene (PCE), is a chlorinated solvent used in dry cleaning and industrial operations.  It is also known as tetrachloroethene, or perchloroethylene (PERC).  If inadvertently spilled or leaked onto the ground surface, it can get into the soil and groundwater.  PCE does not degrade quickly and can remain in the subsurface

Investors

Keep Certificates of Insurance

Prior to about 1987, general liability insurance policies on dry cleaners included the cost of environmental liability and cleanup.  If property owners collected certificates of additionally insured from the dry cleaner businesses then it is possible they can file a claim now for environmental cleanup.  After 1987 the insurance companies

Protect Your Investment with a Phase I Investigation

If you are investing in commercial real estate, it is best to investigate its past uses before you buy.  Most banks and lenders require that a Phase I environmental site assessment is done to identify areas of potential contamination.  Then as potential threats are identified, a Phase II investigation of

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