February 6, 2019

Worcester dry cleaning business fined $84K

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A Main Street dry cleaning business in Worcester is being ordered to pay almost $84,000 in penalties for violating environmental regulations.

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection assessed a $62,000 penalty to Thuy Thi Tran, the owner and operator of White & Brite Cleaners. Her son, Tam Vuong, was also fined nearly $22,000.

According to the DEP, a release of perchloroethylene (PCE) at the business was detected in 2007 and testing in 2014 discovered the vapors infiltrated a multi-family building on the property.

The state ordered the business to take action to address the exposure, but the family business did not, the DEP said.

Other inspections continued to identify air quality and hazardous waste violations, and the business failed to submit required reports three times between 2016 and 2018.

The business is being ordered to address the air hazards in the residential building, resume the required assessment and cleanup activities and comply with all relevant regulations.

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