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$78 MILLION PCB CLEANUP PLANNED

Federal environmental officials have outlined a $78 million plan for cleaning up much of the PCB contamination near the General Motors Corp.'s Central Foundry complex in northern New York.

And, the Environmental Protection Agency says GM should pay for the cleanup.

The EPA's administrator for the New York region said Wednesday the project at the Central Foundry is one of the most significant in the country.

"Our ultimate goal is to restore this site to a condition that is safe for people, wildlife and the environment as a whole," Constantine Sidamon-Eristoff said.

Both the state Department of Environmental Conservation and Mohawk Indian leaders at the St. Regis Indian Reservation, located near the plant, have endorsed the EPA plan.

But General Motors' cooperation in the project is not guaranteed. Dave Lippert, a GM spokesman in Troy, Mich., said company officials had yet to receive the plan from the EPA and that he could not comment on it Wednesday.

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