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Kleen Gene's Laundromat (Lake George, Clare County)

EGLE Site Lead: Sydney Ruhala, RuhalaS@Michigan.gov or 517-599-5356. Content last updated July 7, 2022.

Background

Kleen Gene’s Laundromat, located at 402 South Bringold Avenue, is open to the public year-round and discharges treated wastewater to the groundwater under a state Groundwater Discharge Permit. The on-site treatment system consists of two treatment lagoons. The treated wastewater is discharged to the groundwater via spray irrigation.

As part of a statewide sampling effort in Fall 2021, EGLE sampled the on-site water supply well (i.e., the influent), the wastewater in the final lagoon (i.e., the effluent), and two groundwater monitoring wells.

Estimated groundwater flow is to the southwest.

Kleen Gene’s Laundromat map

Recent Accomplishments

  • On October 26, 2021, EGLE contractors sampled the on-site water supply well (i.e., the influent), the wastewater in the final lagoon (i.e., the effluent), and two groundwater monitoring wells for PFAS at the laundromat.
  • On December 6, 2021, EGLE received the October 2021 sample results. One of the two monitoring wells exceeded the groundwater cleanup criteria for PFOA. The highest result was 42.5 ppt PFOA.

Next Steps

  • EGLE will continue to work with the Kleen Gene’s Laundromat to determine the extent of PFAS contamination in groundwater on-site as well as identify and reduce, or eliminate potential sources of PFAS at the laundromat.
  • EGLE, MDHHS, and the Central Michigan District Health Department are working to identify nearby residential wells and determine if sampling for PFAS is needed.

Residential Well Sampling / Alternative Water Information

  • EGLE, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), and the Central Michigan District Health Department are working to identify nearby residential wells and determine if sampling for PFAS is needed.

Upcoming Community Engagement

  • None at this time.

Sampling Results Summary

Type of Sample

Date Sampled
(or range)

Number of Sample Results Received

Number of Samples above Criteria*

Groundwater Monitoring Wells

October 26, 2021

2

1

*Residential well and groundwater monitoring well results are compared to EGLE Part 201 criteria for 7 PFAS compounds effective 12/21/2020:  PFOS (16 ppt), PFOA (8 ppt), PFNA (6 ppt), PFHxS (51 ppt), PFHxA (400,000 ppt), PFBS (420 ppt), and HFPO-DA (370 ppt).

Sampling Notes

  • None at this time.