A metal fabricating and machine shop operation dating back to World War II is the source of groundwater contamination at an industrial site in Gowanda, the state said in a lawsuit filed this week.
The federal court suit seeks at least $4.2 million – the amount spent on a clean-up of the two acre site – from American Locker Group and other companies that once operated at One Industrial Place.
The state claims the companies, over a 35-year period, disposed, spilled or leaked solvents that migrated into the groundwater.
The site, remediated by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, is located near a residential neighborhood and both Thatcher and Cattaraugus creeks.
Lawyers for American Locker could not be reached for comment.