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Wilton Looks for Fix at Old Site of Dry Cleaner

WILTON, Conn. – The Wilton Plaza Condo Association needs to submit a more complete report on how it plans to clean up pollution at its location on Danbury Road, says the chair of the town's Conservation Commission.

The association stretches from 13 to 15 Danbury Road and houses an Outback Steakhouse, among other stores.

Commission Chair Kirsten Bergor said the report sent in was insufficient. “There’s going to have to be a much more intricate report telling us how they’re planning on doing this,” Bergor said of the cleanup.

About 20 years ago, the site was home to Vic’s Dry Cleaners. Chemicals from the dry-cleaning business were found in the Norwalk River through two “hot spots” on the property. The principal chemical found was PCE, a dry-cleaning fluid, as well as other similar chemicals.

Two areas designated as “hot spots” were behind the property: one is a drain and the second is a catch basin that allowed polluted water to leach into the water table and ultimately into the Norwalk River.

“There were discharges. We have nothing that says they were dumping,” said Patricia Sesto, director of environmental affairs in Wilton. But because it happened two decades ago, the town has no way of knowing for sure, she said.

The commission wants the pollution cleaned up — but it wants to know more about the association's plans for doing it, Sesto said.

The report gives five options and suggests that one option that involves digging might treat both problem areas. The commission agreed that one option would not suffice for both sites.

“Because of the challenges at that site, I really look at those two locations as two totally different sites,” Bergor said. Each site needs to be treated separately, and the report did not address the issue that way, she said.

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