- Associated Press - Thursday, March 3, 2016

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - The New York State Supreme Court has ordered ExxonMobil to clean up a site near the Genesee River in Rochester that was contaminated years ago by a corporate subsidiary.

The Democrat & Chronicle reports (https://on.rocne.ws/1VQuNdZ ) Justice Ann Marie Taddeo’s decision requires the energy giant to clean the former Vacuum Oil property itself or pay for cleanup costs.

Taddeo’s decision, which came last week, affirms a 2013 ruling by the state Supreme Court’s Appellate Division that put responsibility for the contamination on ExxonMobil.

Vacuum Oil, founded in the 1860s, left environmental contaminants in the soil and groundwater before the refinery was closed around 1935.

The plaintiff in the case, DHD Ventures, has been in talks with Rochester officials to redevelop the property into housing, commercial space and other amenities.

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Information from: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, https://www.democratandchronicle.com

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