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The 700 South 1600 East PCE Plume site is located on the East Bench in Salt Lake City, Utah. Groundwater contamination from tetrachloroethylene (also known as perchloroethylene or perc, and abbreviated to PCE) was first detected in this area in the 1990s during routine sampling of the Mount Olivet Cemetery irrigation well, but the PCE source was not known. Subsequent sampling has indicated PCE in monitoring wells and in some surface springs, but any effect on municipal water supply was mitigated by taking one of the supply wells out of service and the remaining supply wells are continually monitored. An exact location of the PCE has yet to be determined, but the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was identified as a potential responsible party because of their former use of PCE in a dry cleaning facility at the George E. Wahlen VA Medical Center in the 1970s. Click HERE to read more about the site description and history.

Click here to read more on the current progress from each Phase.

What's Happening?

The next phase of field work started on Monday, March 6th, 2017 in the neighborhoods surrounding East High and will last through April, 2017. In coordination with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Utah Department of Environment Quality (UDEQ), and Salt Lake City VA will be collecting indoor air samples at seven new homes in the area. In these homes, VA will use a portable gas chromatograph/ mass spectrometer to sample the indoor air and soil gas for the presence of PCE. In addition, VA is scheduled to conduct additional confirmatory sampling from 13 homes sampled during the 2015 field season. These locations were chosen because of groundwater results collected in 2016. The confirmatory sampling will utilize 24-hour collection canisters and will undergo certified laboratory analysis.

VA will use the data from these samples in preparing the Remedial Investigation Report for the East Side Springs area. Click Here to read more about the data collected during the 2015 and 2016 field seasons.