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FMC announces plans for more Middleport soil samples

MIDDLEPORT – FMC Corp. will be taking soil samples on 26 properties in Middleport this summer, as part of an agreement earlier this month with state and federal environmental agencies.

The samples will be taken in the continuing search for arsenic in the soil in the village. FMC and its corporate predecessors have operated an agricultural chemical plant in Middleport since 1904. It’s the source of the arsenic, agreed to the work June 2. The 26 parcels are located south of the Erie Canal and north of Francis Street, along the upstream portion of Tributary 1, a stream leading to Jeddo and Johnson creeks, and its flood plain.

The company said the information on the prevalence and depth of arsenic at these locations will be used to evaluate whether or how much excavation will be needed there in the future. Work also will include evaluations of the stream and bank conditions and the integrity of road and bridge foundations, embankments and storm sewers.

Property owners have been informed of the work, but those with questions can take them to the FMC Community Office, 8 S. Vernon St., between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, or by appointment at 735-9769.