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NCA to stay busy with course offerings during summer
When business slows down a bit as the heat rises, summer might be the perfect time to catch up on education.
The National Cleaners Association has a busy schedule, starting in May with an opportunity for Korean-speaking cleaners to obtain or update their New York Department of Environment Conservation certification.
The next class in Korean will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 5 and 12. After that, Korean-speaking cleaners won’t have another chance until Fall.
For cleaners who speak English, there will be offerings of the class in Nanuet, NY, on July 14 and 21 and then on Oct. 27 and Nov. 3. The cost is $795 for members and $1,295 for non-members.
In June, NCA will head to the Bronx for an eight-hour session on “Basic Spotting 101” from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the 19th.
Korean-speaking cleaners can attend a one-day course on “Intermediate Stain Removal and Bleaching” on June 16. It will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The class will be offered two more times in 2013: on July 28 in the Bronx and on Oct. 27, in Korean in an undetermined location.
The cost for each of the aforementioned single day offerings by NCA is $250 for members and $350 for non-members. That is also the cost for a July course on “Extreme Stain Removal” slated for Sunday, July 14 in Miami, FL that meets from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
After that, NCA will host a course in the Bronx on “Advanced Stain Removal and Intensive Bleaching” on Aug. 25.
Also that month, the association will present a five-day course on “Radical Drycleaning/ Stain Removal” in Northvale, NJ from Aug. 5 to 9 that costs $455 for members and $595 for non-members. For more information, call NCA at (212) 967-3002 or visit
Costly cleanup at vacated site of NY cleaners
It will cost approximately $795,000 to clean up the site of a former drycleaning plant in Delmar, NY, that has been designated as toxic by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation.
Listed as a Class 2 Superfund site, Roxy Cleaners operated on the location for decades before it was leased to Best Cleaners which has since moved up the street, leaving the site vacant.
While the site is vacant of occupants, that is not the case in terms on contamination.
An investigation uncovered the presence of tetrachloroethylene (perc), trichloroethene, dichloro-
ethene and vinyl chloride. The chemicals were present in soil samples, ground water, soil vapor and indoor air.
Perc concentration in an area behnd the back doors reached levels as high as 2,500 milligrams per kilogram. The state’s acceptable level in commercial locations is 150 milligrams per kilogram.
A proposed remediation plan would involve excavating and disposing of about 340 cubic yards of contaminated soil. A chemical oxidation process would then be used to further decontaminate remaining soil at the bottom of the excavated pit.
Also planned is installation of a sub-slab depressurization system that would assist in preventing vapors from migrating into groundwater on the site.
The state will pay for the cleanup. The DEC plans on taking legal action against the owners of Roxy Cleaners to recoup the remediation costs.