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WASTE SITE CLEANUP TO START

After several years of study, the state Department of Environmental Conservation Monday said cleanup of a hazardous waste site on Washington Street will begin this spring.

The Pelican Manufacturing site was a metal fabricating and finishing business. Until the late 1970s, parts of the building were used to store solvents used for cleaning metal parts, and some of those liquids contaminated the soil and ground water in that region through spills or disposal practices.

Chemicals found at the site include trichloroethene, dichloroethene, vinyle chloride, toluene, and carbon tetrachloride.

The DEC said cleanup will include a soil vapor extraction system, a ground water pumping system, removal and disposal of contaminated sediments from floor drains and a septic tank, and ground water monitoring.

The work is expected to be completed by this fall. The property is owned by the City of Jamestown, which foreclosed for non-payment of taxes in 1993.

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