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Jackson Cleaners (Ypsilanti, Washtenaw County)
Please contact the Site Lead for the most up-to-date status of this site.
The Jackson Cleaners site is located near the corner of West Michigan Avenue and North Huron Street and has hosted various dry-cleaning operations since at least 1919. The property is located within the historical district which is now used for commercial storefront and residential apartments. EGLE and EPA have been working on this site to address vapor intrusion issues since approximately 2020. In the fall of 2023, monitoring wells were installed and groundwater was collected. All groundwater waste was containerized into 55-gallon steel drums.
The waste disposal company required the waste from the investigation be sampled for PFAS. The sample came back with PFAS concentrations exceeding criteria. PFOS was detected at 35 ppt (compared to 16 ppt) and PFOA was detected at 12 ppt (compared to 8 ppt). Sampling of select wells were completed to confirm that detections were in the groundwater. The highest concentration of PFOS was 9.2 ppt and PFOA was 15 ppt.
The property is roughly 300 feet west of the Huron River and 150 feet east of Riverside Park. The local groundwater flow is generally east toward the Huron River.
Drinking water information
The area is served by municipal drinking water. EGLE, DHHS, and local health evaluated well logs and determined there are no known residential wells.
Monitoring will continue at the site for PCE and vapor intrusion. Any groundwater monitoring will include PFAS sampling for future.