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PCBs at Workforce Training Center to be cleaned up

Soil contaminated by PCBs, metals and other organic compounds found below the surface of the Western New York Workforce Training Center on Northland Avenue would be removed and disposed of under an expedited cleanup plan by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

The DEC released a draft of its interim remedial work plan Wednesday for the site at 683 Northland Ave.

It calls for excavating and disposing off-site about 5,500 cubic yards of contaminated soil. That's roughly 367 dump truck loads.

The DEC also will install air monitoring devices to make sure surrounding areas aren't impacted by the excavation.

It also proposes using stone or clean soil to backfill those excavated areas.

The DEC said the contamination is generally found west of the building on the site and under parking lots and vegetation.

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