November 7, 2006

State Agency Declares Cleanup Complete at Cintas Site

In a press release issued on November 3, 2006, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control said that "all required hazardous substances cleanup activities have been completed for the [Cintas/Dedominico] site" at 777 139th Avenue in San Leandro.

According to the press release, Ross Rental Services used the property from 1971 to 1983 to clean clothes using tetrachloroethylene (PCE). PCE is commonly used for dry-cleaning and is a suspected carcinogen and can damage the liver, kidneys, and nervous system. PCE leaked from underground storage tanks into the soil and groundwater at the property and spread via groundwater to the Bonaire and Mulford Gardens neighborhoods. Cleanup activities included removal of underground storage tanks, removal of contaminated soil, and using wells to extract vapors of PCE and the breakdown products trichloroethene (TCE) and petroleum hydrocarbons.

In 1992, the DTSC ordered Cintas to begin an investigation and cleanup of the property. Cintas still operates a commercial laundry facility at the property.

Groundwater quality will continue to be monitored and a deed restriction has been put in place for the property.

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Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at November 7, 2006 6:49 AM | TrackBack
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