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NY proposes $8.1M cleanup of scrapyard

Keywords: Tags  scrapyard, Batavia Iron & Metal, New York Department of Conservation, pollutants, cleanup, Lisa Gordon

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 Company Inc.

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 contaminants—including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), lead, mercury and arsenic—have been found in large concentrations.

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.

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