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FMC announces cleanup plan for Middleport stream

FMC Corp. plans to begin cleanup work along a shallow tributary stream in Middleport next year as part of the removal of arsenic-laden soil in the village.

Twenty-six properties will be affected along the stream west of Main Street and south of the Erie Canal, according to John-Paul Rossi, FMC remediation project manager. In the 20th century, FMC discharged industrial process water from its agricultural chemical plant into the stream.

A preliminary version of the plan has been approved by state and federal environmental agencies, and FMC is to submit a final plan by Aug. 14, Rossi said. Besides working on land bordering the stream, some sediment in the stream bed also is expected to be removed.

FMC will pay for the work because the stream is not in the part of Middleport where other cleanups are the subject of a court fight between FMC and the Department of Environmental Conservation.

34 Middleport properties to be excavated this year in FMC cleanup

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