HOUSTON — Harris County (Texas) Attorney Vince Ryan reports that his office has reached a $2.175 million settlement in a case against owners of a shuttered dry cleaning facility here for chemical contamination of groundwater.
The lawsuit accused Redonda Properties and Seven BC, doing business as San Felipe Joint Venture, SF Properties, and PMSV River Oaks, L.P. of allowing dry cleaning solvents to contaminate the soil and groundwater under and near the former Hallmark Dry Cleaners on San Felipe Road in the River Oaks area of Houston.
According to the lawsuit, the area is contaminated with perchloroethelyne (perc).
The pending judgment is for the largest sum ever in favor of a Texas county against owners and operators of a dry cleaner, Ryan says. Money from the settlement will be divided equally between Harris County and the State of Texas.
Notice of the proposed settlement was published Oct. 19 in the Texas Register. The public has 30 days from the date of publication to submit written comments.