- Associated Press - Thursday, April 27, 2017

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - A key phase in the ongoing effort to clean up a central New York lake considered one of the nation’s most polluted has been completed.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that more than 3 million cubic yards of material has been deposited on the floor of Onondaga Lake to prevent toxic materials from contaminating the water.

Morris Plains, New Jersey-based Honeywell International has been conducting the state-ordered cleanup effort.

State officials say the revitalization project has included the dredging of 2.2 million cubic yards of sediment from the lake bottom. Crews have capped the bottom with layers of sand, gravel and topsoil from 4 inches to more than 5 feet thick.

The lake became a toxic mess from decades of pollution dumped into it by manufacturing facilities that were located along the Syracuse-area waterway.

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