A detailed environmental study on the site of the former Doro Dry Cleaners at 3460-3466 Genesee St. will be launched by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the agency announced this week.
The site, which is listed as a “Class 2” site in the state’s Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Sites, represents “a significant threat of public health or the environment” requiring action, according to the DEC.
The site, which is commercially zoned but currently not in use, was utilized for dry cleaning for about 40 years. The site was apparently contaminated by some of those uses including the storage and use of “chlorinated solvent” by the dry cleaning business, the DEC reported.
Past site investigations revealed that the groundwater there was contaminated with tetrachloroethene, a commonly-used dry cleaning solvent, DEC reports stated.
The investigation will be performed by the DEC and assess conditions on the site. Goals of the study will be to establish the type and extent contamination to the soil, surface and groundwater along with other parts of the environment that were affected as well as the source or sources of contamination.
The DEC pointed out that the study will also aim to assess the impact of the contamination on the public health and environment and provide details toward remedying the contamination.
Surrounding properties are still being used for both residential and commercial purposes.
DEC officials reported that the information collected from this investigation will be “summarized in a Remedial Investigation report” expected to be available sometime in 2013.
Also this week:
• The Cheektowaga Winter Recreation Celebration, which began Saturday, concludes today. Erie Community College and Canisius College will faceoff in a noon ice hockey game at the Cheektowaga Recreation Center in Town Park. A chili cook-off and cookie bake-off are included in some of the other events that begin at 1 p.m. Face painting, crafts, games, a petting zoo and a snowshoe demonstration are some of the attractions that will be followed by public skating from 2:45 to 5:30 p.m. The skate is free with donations to a canned food drive.
• The Maryvale School Board will hold a 6 p.m. Monday meeting in the Administration Building Board of Education Room, 1050 Maryvale Drive.
• The Town Board will hold a 6 p.m. Tuesday work session meeting in the council office conference room in Town Hall, 3301 Broadway.
• The Cheektowaga School Board will hold a 7 p.m. Tuesday meeting in the board room at the high school, 3600 Union Road.
• The town Planning Board will hold a 7 p.m. Thursday meeting in the council chambers at Cheektowaga Town Hall.
• Christmas decorations and lights at Stiglmeier Park, 810 Losson Road, are available for free daily viewing by the public from dusk until 10 p.m. The display will continue through Jan. 6, 2013.