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State seeks $4.2 million from former owners of Gowanda industrial site

A metal fabricating and machine shop operation dating back to World War II is the source of groundwater contamination at an industrial site in Gowanda, the state said in a lawsuit filed this week.

The federal court suit seeks at least $4.2 million – the amount spent on a clean-up of the two acre site – from American Locker Group and other companies that once operated at One Industrial Place.

The state claims the companies, over a 35-year period, disposed, spilled or leaked solvents that migrated into the groundwater.

The site, remediated by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, is located near a residential neighborhood and both Thatcher and Cattaraugus creeks.

Lawyers for American Locker could not be reached for comment.

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