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DEC answers questions, but not concerns about Geneva Foundry cleanup

Cory Barrett left Wednesday afternoon’s meeting with state officials at The Salvation Army citadel with a better idea of how his contaminated soil at 38 State St. will be remediated.

But that doesn’t mean he’s happy.

Barrett was one of about a dozen property owners to sit at a table with representatives of the state Department of Environmental Conservation and Health to get information and get his questions answered.

“I know how they will remediate my property, but I still have concerns about how long it will take,” Barrett said.

“But what they couldn’t tell me is how will the city give us a tax break. Not only do we have to put up with the disruption of our neighborhoods from the remediation work, but we have property that we can’t sell and whose value has dropped,” he said. “We don’t really have a choice about the remediation. The state is doing it and that’s how they are going to do it. They will be tearing up the neighborhoods. How can we enjoy our property with that going on, but it has to be done.

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