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Fact Sheet

August 2015

Public Availability Session for the PCE Former Dry Cleaner Site, Atlantic, Cass County, Iowa


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 is holding a Public Availability Session to provide information related to the PCE Former Dry Cleaner Site in Atlantic, Iowa. EPA will present historical site information, as well as information pertaining to the National Priority Listing (NPL) process. The NPL is the list of national priorities among known releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants throughout the United States and its territories.


The site contains a groundwater plume of PCE first detected in the 1980s. EPA completed a site investigation to determine the potential source areas and trace migration pathways to define the vertical and horizontal extent of the PCE groundwater plume.

In the removal action, EPA intends to use in-situ thermal treatment technology to decrease the contamination in the source area. The system will take approximately one year to complete after start-up. 


PCE is a chlorinated hydrocarbon solvent commonly used in dry cleaning operations and as a degreaser in manufacturing plants. The levels of PCE vapors found in buildings at the site present a significant health hazard due to inhalation.


EPA will hold a Public Availability Session to provide information and answer questions about the PCE Former Dry Cleaner Site and the NPL process. This session will be held:

Monday, August 24, 2015
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Atlantic Municipal Utility Building
15 W 3rd Street
Atlantic, Iowa 50022

EPA Region 7 is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate in the Public Availability Session, please notify EPA Reasonable Accommodation Coordinator Jonathan Cooper at 800-223-0425 or by email at cooper.jonathan@epa.gov at least 7 days prior to the Public Availability Session. Speech or hearing impaired individuals should email or call using the local relay service. 


An Administrative Record has been established for the PCE Former Dry Cleaner Site. The Administrative Record contains site-related documents and is available for review at the following location:

Atlantic Public Library
507 Poplar Street
Atlantic, Iowa  50022

If you have questions or need additional information about this sampling event or any aspect of the site, please contact:

Pamela Houston
Community Engagement Specialist
Enforcement Coordination Office
U.S. EPA, Region 7
11201 Renner Boulevard
Lenexa, Kansas 66219
Toll-free: 1-800-223-0425
Email: houston.pamela@epa.gov

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