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Nu Process Cleaners

Site Information
  • Anderson, Indiana (Madison County)
  • EPA ID INN000510630
Contact Information

Community Involvement Coordinator
Cheryl Allen (allen.cheryl@epa.gov)
312-353-6196 or 800-621-8431, ext. 36196

On Scene Coordinator

Jason Sewell
sewell.jason@epa.gov
(sewell.jason@epa.gov)
317-517-6987 (8:30 - 5:00 pm EST)

Access Agreeements Needed

EPA officials want to collect indoor air samples at homes in the study area. If you own one of these homes, you will be asked to sign a form called an “access agreement” and schedule a time for the testing to be done. If you rent a home to someone else, both you and your tenant must sign to get the free testing done. Contact

Background

Nu Process Cleaners was a dry cleaning business located at 14th Street and Madison Avenue in Anderson, Madison County, Indiana.  Prior to a dry cleaner, the site was a gasoline filling station.  The Indiana Department of Environmental Management learned that the dry cleaning operator may have been disposing of used dry cleaning chemicals in the old filling station underground storage tanks.  IDEM performed a preliminary site assessment and found dry cleaning chemicals in subsurface soil at the site.  IDEM referred the site to EPA for potential vapor intrusion of dry cleaning chemicals into nearby residences.


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Site Updates

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is investigating soil and groundwater contamination near the former Nu Process Cleaners building in Anderson. The pollution may be caused by chlorinated solvents used at the former dry cleaners.

One potential problem is called “vapor intrusion.” This occurs when underground pollutants release vapors that move up through the soil and into homes and other buildings through cracks or holes in foundations or crawl spaces. The result is indoor air pollution.

This problem can be treated easily, but EPA first needs to know how much contamination is underground and where it is. That’s why the Agency is testing homes for vapor intrusion. EPA wants to measure the chemical vapors under the sub-slab or within the crawl space of selected homes. If your home is chosen for the test, you will be asked to give EPA access to your home. This is a free test.

If Nu Process Cleaners caused vapor intrusion in your home, EPA will install what is known as a “vapor abatement system” to seal cracks in walls and basement floors. It is similar to the systems that keep harmful radon gas out of basements and crawl spaces.

 

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