By Boyd C. Allen

Pilot Staff Writer

Hagen’s Dry Cleaners was closed again Friday because the owner did not pay the electric bill and the power was shut off, according to a note posted by management.

The business’ phone did not pick up or accept voicemails asking for comment.

The note said the store had been without power for three days and there was a chance the power will be back on Monday.

The store was closed for three weeks this summer because the dry-cleaner (cleaning machine) broke, according to Manager Marci Huss, but when the machine was fixed, the property manager and city closed the store until the owner, Charlie Yancey, installed a backflow preventer.

Backflow preventers stop contaminated water from flowing back into a water system during periods when pressure drops in the main system.

According to Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Communications Manager Donnie Oliveira, Hagen’s had not filed its last two yearly reports as of August and had not been inspected by the DEQ in more than a year.

Dry cleaners fall under a separate section of the DEQ because they use the chemical perchloroethylene (perc) in the cleaning process. Perc is toxic to humans and must be handled accordingly, according to the DEQ and the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Reach Boyd C. Allen at ballen@currypilot.com .

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