- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Long Island Rail Road will excavate nearly 5,000 tons of contaminated soil at seven substations.

The work to remove mercury, lead and other toxins is part of an $11 million capital plan program to clean up 20 sites.

Newsday (https://nwsdy.li/1zNU0J8 ) says the substations are Shea Stadium, Kew Gardens, Port Washington, Manhasset, Valley Stream, Island Park and Hempstead.

Each site will take about four weeks to remediate. Groundwater contamination has not been found at any of the sites.

The contamination dates to the 1930s through 1951 when LIRR used tubs of mercury to convert alternating current into direct current to power trains. The devices were replaced in the 1980s.

Ten sites have already been cleaned up. Three final sites in Bayside, Cedar Manor and Far Rockaway should be completed by 2018.

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Information from: Newsday, https://www.newsday.com

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