6/3/2013 3:32:00 PM Cleanup begins on old beauty shop site
By David Richards
The building that once housed the "Capri Beauty Shop," on Fourth Street just off Byron Ave. is now gone.
Officials from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency demolished the structure last month after it was found to be contaminated with tetracholoroethene, also known as PCE, a solvent that has been used in the dry cleaning industry. The beauty shop has been moved to its current location, at 302 Byron Ave. after residing at the Fourth Street location for four decades.
State officials say the contaminants were there before the beauty parlor was in existence and were discovered by MPCA crews in roughly 2008. The crews, who were investigating the former Sette's Garage facility nearby, put a temporary ventilation system at the beauty salon structure that same year.
"The contaminant was released at ground level on the northern side of the building, where it migrated through the soils to a depth of about 15 feet," according to an earlier statement made by the MPCA.
MPCA officials spoke at the Feb. 27 council meeting and said that following the demolition, they plan to remove the contaminated soil, back fill the area with new soil, and then finish the project by either placing asphalt, black top or grass at the location.
The work is expected to be completed by the end of June.