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April 4, 2014

Cleaning up

State DEC expects excavating of Peters Dry Cleaning site to be complete within two to three weeks

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The state Department of Environmental Conservation is in the process of removing contaminated soil and concrete from the former Peters Dry Cleaning property at 316 Willow St.

The building was demolished in October in the wake of its partial collapse back on Dec. 15, 2011. The property was declared a brownfield because of dry cleaning chemicals apparently poured onto the ground decades ago, possibly as far back as the 1930s when it opened. The state Superfund program is paying for the cleanup of the parcel, which is about 0.4 acres.

The excavated soil will be trucked to Modern Disposal in Lewiston. If needed, the DEC said it will take measures to reduce and control dust emissions and odors.

A notice about the remedial work was sent to nearby residents, said 4th Ward Alderman Patrick W. Schrader.

After the excavation, the entire site will be filled with stone or other approved materials, then topped off with new soil. It's expected the work will take about two to three weeks. After the site is cleaned up, the city is expected to take possession of the property. 

Mayor Anne E. McCaffrey told the Common Council on Wednesday the DEC expects to have trucks parked at nearby Altro Park, just west of the Peters property. The trucks will be used to take the contaminated soil to Lewiston.

"They'll be waiting for their turn basically," McCaffrey said.

When the excavation work is done, the DEC said it will complete a report concerning the work done at the site and a plan for further remedial action. It is anticipated that the excavation and long term groundwater monitoring will likely be all the remediation the site needs, the DEC said.

Either way the plan for further action will be presented to the public, which will have a chance to offer opinions on the project.

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