PITTSBURGH The New York Department of Environmental
Conservation (DEC) has proposed spending $8.1 million to clean
up a former Genesee County scrapyard.
No potentially responsible parties have been identified,
according to a proposed remedial action plan, which means no
other recycler or customer faces having to pay cleanup costs at
the 6.8-acre site that was once home to Batavia Iron and Metal
The DEC plans to finance the cleanup through a 1996 Clean
Water/Clean Air Bond Act grant, which provides up to 90 percent
funding to New York municipalities for the investigation and
cleanup of contaminated brownfields.
Batavia Iron and Metal filed for bankruptcy in 2000 after
operating for 49 years on the site, where more than a dozen
contaminantsincluding polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs),
lead, mercury and arsenichave been found in large
The state has already removed 41 tons of PCB- and
lead-contaminated soil at the site and now wants to remove
18,500 cubic yards of additional soil. No timetable has been
released for the project.