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The United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) is now in Indiana and taking a close look at what are considered problem sites, including dry cleaners! The U.S. EPA is working together with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) to compile a list of sites for Pre-CERCLIS Screening to determine whether a facility should be entered into the U.S. EPA’s Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Information System (CERCLIS) program for further evaluation.

So what does that mean for you? It could mean a couple of different things:

● If you have a known (or unknown) contaminant release at your facility and are not currently addressing the cleanup of the contaminant through a State or Federal program, you could be facing enforcement action from the IDEM and/or U.S. EPA in the future.
● If your facility has a known release of contaminants resulting from the operation of your dry cleaner that is considered harmful to human health or the environment, you could be facing enforcement action from the IDEM and/or U.S EPA in the future.

Enforcement action from the U.S. EPA can be costly and require that risk assessment and remediation activities be conducted at your facility; however, IF there is enough documented evidence to demonstrate that you are being proactive and taking responsible actions for contaminant cleanup at your facility, your facility may not qualify for the CERCLIS program. Similarly, if your facility is entered into an agreement with another State or Federal program addressing contaminant concentrations and cleanup criteria, your facility may not qualify for the CERCLIS program.

SESCO can provide professional assistance to help you navigate the U.S. EPA and IDEM regulations and how they apply to your facilities. Better yet, SESCO specializes in identifying financial resources to cover remediation costs for your facilities!