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March 30 PCE Plume Site Meeting in Salt Lake City

Potential contamination from dry cleaning operations at the VA Hospital in the 1970s have led the EPA and Veterans Administration to study and seek remediation for a PCE groundwater plume on the east bench in Salt Lake City.  The plume is located generally within the area bounded by 500 South and Michigan Avenue and between Guardsman Way and 1100 East.

From the VA site:

“PCE contamination was first detected in this area in the 1990s during routine sampling of the Mount Olivet Cemetery irrigation well. As a result of PCE discovery at this location, the PCE plume was referred to as the Mount Olivet Cemetery Plume. Subsequent investigations proceeded, including a 1995 report by the State of Utah. This report was unable to determine where the PCE originated, but pointed out that the George E. Wahlen VA Medical Center (VAMC) operated a dry cleaning facility that utilized PCE on site in the late 1970s.”

Read more background.

plume_for_webWe’d like to invite you to attend an information meeting on March 30 to learn more about the site’s current status.

When: Thursday, March 30, 6:30 pm

Where: McGillis School (668 South 1300 East, Salt Lake City)


Informational items include:

  • Next steps in the Superfund process
  • Status updates on the remedial investigation including indoor air, groundwater, surface water, and soil gas sampling
  • Differentiation between indoor air sampling and groundwater plume investigations

Following the presentation, representatives from the VA and staff from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Utah Department of Health, and VA contractors will be happy to answer questions from the public.

More information is available online at or by calling Jeremy M. Laird, Public Affairs Specialist, at 801-582-1565 EXT 1955 or emailing

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