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ALBANY, N.Y. -- The New York state has proposed a cleanup
plan for the source of mercury for what is considered one of the
world's most polluted bodies of water.
The Department of Environmental Conservation seeks to cleanse the
lake of mercury that has seeped in from the former LCP Chemicals
facility in the village of Solvay, near Syracuse.
``The cleanup of the former LCP Chemicals site will eliminate a
major source of mercury pollution to Onondaga Lake,'' said DEC
Commissioner John Cahill.
The proposed action as chosen by the DEC from several options
presented by Honeywell International, the former owners of the
facility. The estimated cost of cleanup by Honeywell is $12.43
million and $157,200 in annual operation and maintenance costs.
A public hearing was held July 19 at Geddes Town Hall and written
comments will be accepted by the DEC through Aug. 4. After that, the
DEC will choose a plan.
New Jersey-based Honeywell recently merged with AlliedSignal, a
company which made chlorine at the plant for almost 40 years before
selling the property to LCP Chemicals in 1979. The plant ceased
operation in 1988 under pressure from the state following repeated
The plant has remained vacant and full of toxic waste since LCP
declared bankruptcy in 1992. In addition to mercury and chlorine, the
site also is contaminated with lead and asbestos.
Officials said that at its peak the plant was dumping about 20
pounds of mercury a day into Onondaga Lake, now a federal Superfund
site considered one of the world's most polluted bodies of water.
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