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EPA cleanup in Billings will require closure of Central Avenue

Release Date: 05/29/2008
Contact Information: Kerry Guy,, 303-312-7288 Patricia Courtney,, 303-312-6631

(Denver, Colo. -- May 29, 2008) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced it will begin cleanup work on the Billings PCE Site in June. Crews will excavate contaminated soil beneath the city storm drain on the west side of Central Avenue. The soil is contaminating groundwater with the dry cleaning solvent tetrachloroethylene (PCE).

    The project will require closure of Central Avenue between 7th Street West and 8th Street West with a detour to Cline Street. EPA officials said the excavation and removal of the contaminated soil will begin in early July and estimate it will take approximately six to eight weeks to complete.

    During the removal activities, EPA will monitor the air for vapor emissions from the excavation site to ensure that concentrations of PCE are maintained at safe levels.

    EPA is aware that the remediation activity may be an inconvenience to area residents, business owners and patrons and will do everything possible to lessen the impact.

    EPA is committed to cleaning up the PCE plume contamination in Billings as completely, quickly and safely as possible.