- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

ELMIRA, N.Y. (AP) - State environmental protection regulators have approved a New York utility’s investigation of soil contamination at the former site of a 19th-century manufactured gas plant.

The Star-Gazette of Elmira reports (https://stargaz.tt/1E5j0hI ) that the Department of Environmental Conservation determined the one-acre parcel in Elmira doesn’t pose a threat to public health. But DEC officials say testing revealed the site was contaminated with coal tar when the property was home to a gas plant from 1852 to 1867.

The agency has approved New York State Electric & Gas Corp.’s investigation into the site. The DEC will conduct a study on cleaning up the property, then release an action plan to the public.

The site was later home to an auto dealership. It’s covered by asphalt and there are no buildings on the parcel.

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Information from: Star-Gazette, https://www.stargazette.com

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