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DEC schedules Lockport public meeting on former dry cleaning site

LOCKPORT – The state Department of Environmental Conservation plans to inject biological material into the soil at the former Peters Dry Cleaning site to speed up the decomposition of cleaning chemicals in the ground.

The DEC will hold a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Lockport City Hall to discuss its remediation plan for the site at 316 Willow St., where the state used Superfund money to demolish the building in October 2013 after the city gained control of it through a court action against the former owner. Written comments on the plan will be accepted until March 29.

The DEC’s injection plan is supposed to promote the growth of microbes that would eat the chemical tetrachloroethylene. This is estimated to cost $734,000, according to documents on the DEC website. The agency spent $660,000 in the spring and summer of 2014 to remove 4,447 tons of contaminated soil and six underground storage tanks from the site. The DEC continues to monitor systems it installed in 2009 to try to prevent chemical vapors from migrating into nearby homes.

The building was used as a cleaning store from 1927 until shortly before the building’s partial collapse Dec. 15, 2011.