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Public Comments on the Cleanup Process of Former IBM Site

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On Thursday night the public had a chance to comment on the cleanup process of the former IBM site in Endicott.

Representatives from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation discussed their remedy for the contaminated groundwater on and off the IBM site. The DEC said their action plan for this contamination includes extracting contaminated ground water and injecting clean water into the upper aquifer. They say this has been in place for about ten years and the DEC says they have made significant progress. Locals recognized the progress but said more work definitely needs to be done.

Former Endicott Resident, James Little said, "The main focus now needs to be underneath the buildings where ground zero is where most of the contamination originally occurred. They need to focus on cleaning those chemicals up under Huron Campus buildings."

DEC Officials said they plan on continuing the current action plan and even though they said it's difficult to estimate how long it will take, they estimate cleanup of the off site area could take anywhere between several years to a decade.