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Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Harris County Attorney Ryan Announces Largest Judgment
Ever in a Dry Cleaner Pollution Case
Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan announced today that his office has reached a $2.175 million settlement in a case against owners of a closed dry cleaning facility on San Felipe Road in the River Oaks area in Houston for chemical contamination of the groundwater.
Ryan said the settlement will result in a judgment for the largest sum ever in favor of a Texas county against owners and operators of a dry cleaner. Money from the settlement will be divided equally between the County and the State of Texas.
The lawsuit accused Redonda Properties and Seven BC, doing business as San Felipe Joint Venture, SF Properties, and PMSV River Oaks, L.P. of allowing dry cleaning solvents to contaminate the soil and groundwater under and near the former Hallmark Dry Cleaners.
According to the lawsuit the area is contaminated with perchlorethelyne (PERC), a solvent that causes cancer.
“People who drop off their clothes for cleaning have a right to know if they are dealing with businesses that are contaminating the earth,” said Ryan. We will continue to work to ensure that polluted groundwaters are properly cleaned up.”
Notice of the proposed settlement was published Friday, October 19th in the Texas Register.
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