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NYDEC to air remedy plan for cleaners site

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation plans to hold a public meeting in Commack to discuss a dry cleaners listed as a “significant threat” to public health or the environment in the state registry of inactive hazardous waste sites.

State DEC officials plan to hold the meeting on Feb. 22 to discuss a “no further action” remedy proposed for Beau Brummel Cleaners, 2049 Jericho Tpke., according to a NYDEC notice.

Soil, groundwater, sub-slab vapor and indoor air were collected at the Beau Brummel Cleaners Site as part of the DEC’s remedial investigation, in 2014 and 2015. The investigation, along with past investigations dating back to 1998 at the .25-acre site, determined the presence of tetrachloroethene (PCE), trichloroethene (TCE), and cis-1,2-dichloroethene (DCE), the notice showed.

Operations dating back to 1971 at the dry cleaner appear to have discharged tetrachloroethylene (PCE), a dry cleaning chemical, on the property, according to the notice.

The DEC’s proposed remedial action plan includes the continued operation of a soil vapor extraction system that removes subsurface vapors and prevents them from entering homes and businesses, a cover for soil on site, and a site management plan that includes periodic sampling of on-site and off-site groundwater and evaluation of indoor and outdoor air of the surrounding buildings, officials said.

The owner of the dry cleaners was not available to comment, an employee answering the phone said Wednesday.

The public meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Commack Branch of the Smithtown Library, 3 Indian Head Rd., in Commack. Members of the public may offer comments at the meeting, or send written comments to the state DEC through March 9.

Comments can be addressed to Melissa Sweet, Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Environmental Remediation, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-7015 or via e-mail at:

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