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Tuchman Cleaners Site

Site Information
  • Indianapolis, IN (Marion County)
  • EPA ID# INN000510530
  • Alias: Keystone Corridor Site
Contact Information

Community Involvement Coordinator
Janet Pope (pope.janet@epa.gov)
312-353-0628 or 800-621-8431, ext.30628

On-Scene Coordinator
Shelly Lam
(lam.shelly@epa.gov)
317-308-3073

Marion County Health Department
Jeff Larmore (jlarmore@hhcorp.org)
317-221-2266

ATSDR
Mark Johnson
(johnson.mark@epa.gov)
312-353-9298 or 800-621-8431, ext. 39298

Background

The Tuchman Cleaners Site is located at 4401 N. Keystone Avenue in Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, 46205. The Site is located in an area that is commercial and residential. Approximately 10,000 people live within one mile of the Site. The Fall Creek well field is less than ¼ mile from the Site. Fall Creek, a major tributary to the White River, is located approximately 500 feet south of the Site.

Tuchman Cleaners operated as a dry cleaner at the Keystone facility beginning in 1953 until 2008 when the parent company declared bankruptcy. Prior to the construction of the dry cleaning facility, the property was an empty lot. The Site is currently vacant.
 
In 2002, the URS Corporation (URS) conducted a site assessment and began remediation at Tuchman Cleaners for the former owner. URS's historical data documented volatile organic compound (VOC) contamination on Site, including the chlorinated solvents tetrachloroethene (PCE) and trichloroethene (TCE), in soil and groundwater. PCE was detected in near-surface soil (1 foot below ground surface (bgs)) at a maximum concentration of 2,400 milligrams per kilogram (mg/kg) (Administrative Record [AR] No. 6).

In July 2007, PCE was detected in groundwater at a maximum concentration of 135,000 micrograms per liter (ug/L) in groundwater monitoring well MW-2L TCE was detected at a maximum concentration of 2,960 ug/L (AR#10). URS's data indicated that the Tuchman plume had migrated vertically to an intermediate aquifer and laterally toward municipal production well FC-17 at the Fall Creek Water Treatment Plant, which is southwest of the Site. Data collected by URS also indicated that production well FC-11, although hydrogeologically upgradient of Tuchman, was hydraulically connected to the Tuchman site and contained low levels of contamination attributed to Tuchman.

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September 2012

EPA is continuing to conduct vapor intrusion assessment and mitigation in residential areas near Tuchman cleaners. This aspect of the removal action is expected to continue through September 2014.

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