547 W. 9th Ave
Oshkosh, WI 54901
For virtually fifty years the Shilobrit family operated a laundry and dry cleaning business in Oshkosh, WI. Currently the Site is a gravel lot used to park cars for the adjacent Basler’s auto sales and garage. The area is mixed commercial and residential use. Dust emissions from the lot were a threat to the public and neighbors. Contaminated groundwater from the Site presents a risk to the Fox River and Lake Winnebago.
Over those years, chemicals used in the dry cleaning process, predominantly Tetrachloroethene (PCE), were released into the environment through overflow spills of dry cleaning machines and as exhausted PCE spilled being transferred into drums for storage. Studies by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources determined that the PCE has migrated through the soil into the groundwater. Elevated concentrations of PCE, along with its degenerative Trichloroethene, cis-1,2-Dichloroethene, and vinyl chloride were detected by both WDNR and EPA at levels that surpass soil and groundwater standards set by state and federal law.
The EPA removed approximately 200 Tons of contaminated soil in order to eliminate the on-site and off-site risks to public health and the environment posed by the chlorinated solvents.