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Fact Sheet

February 2011

Public Availability Session Regarding the Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study, Cleburn Street Well Superfund Site, Grand Island, Nebraska


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 is beginning a second investigation and study of the Cleburn Street Well Superfund Site, Operable Unit 2 (OU 2). This investigation is being conducted as part of the Superfund remedial process, and will help to determine the extent of ground water contamination around the former One Hour Martinizing dry cleaner, located at the intersection of 4th Street and Eddy Street in Grand Island, Neb. A feasibility study will help to determine the most effective way to clean up contamination at the site. The contaminant of concern is Tetrachloroethylene or PCE.

PCE is a manufactured chemical that is widely used for dry cleaning and for metal degreasing. It is also used to make other chemicals and is used in some consumer products.


EPA plans to host a public availability session in March 2011 to inform the community about the contamination and plans for cleanup. Representatives will be available to listen to the concerns of the community, and answer questions local residents may have about EPA cleanup actions.

The public availability session on the Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study will be held:

Saturday, March 26, 2011
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
El Ministerio La Cueva de Adulam
803 West 4th Street
Grand Island, Nebraska 68801

EPA Region 7 is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate in the meeting, please notify the EPA Reasonable Accommodations Coordinator, Jonathan Cooper, 800-223-0425 or at cooper.jonathan@epa.gov. Speech or hearing impaired individuals should e-mail or call using the local relay service.


In 1986, PCE contamination was discovered in a public water supply well known as the Cleburn Street Well. The well was disconnected from the public water supply and studies were initiated to find the source of the contamination, which was determined to be three dry cleaners and a former solvent distribution facility. Since the late 1990s, various cleanups have been done by EPA, the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, and private parties, to address ground water and soil contamination at each of the source areas.

At the former One Hour Martinizing source area, EPA built a ground water pump and treatment system which operated between 1999 and 2009. This system has helped to keep the ground water from moving farther away, but contaminant levels remain high near the former dry cleaner building. In order to better address the high levels of contamination close to the building, EPA plans to gather additional information during the remedial investigation and consider cleanup options during the feasibility study.


EPA encourages the community to review the Administrative Record which contains information about past cleanup activities and next steps. The Administrative Record is available during normal business hours at the following locations:

Edith Abbot Memorial Library
211 North Washington Street
Grand Island, Nebraska 68801

EPA Region 7
901 N. 5th Street
Kansas City, Kansas 66101


If you have questions or need additional information, please contact:

Ben Washburn
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Public Affairs
901 N. 5th Street
Kansas City, Kansas 66101
Phone: 913-551-7364
Toll free: 1-800-223-0425

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