2002-09-28 / Community

Smith Announces Waste Cleanup Agreement

Smith Announces Waste Cleanup Agreement

Saying "few things are more important than living in a clean environment," New York State Senator Malcolm A. Smith recently called together a gathering of officials to focus on a partnership between the state and city to clean up a Westside Corporation toxic waste site. This site, located at 180 Street and 102 Avenue in Queens, has been found to be contaminated with tetrachloroethylene, also known as PERC, a chemical commonly used in the dry cleaning industry and for metal degreasing.

Attending the meeting at Greater Allen Cathedral in Jamaica with the Senator were Congressman Gregory Meeks, Councilman Leroy Comrie, DEC Commissioner Erin C. Crotty, DED Commissioner Christopher O. Ward.

"I am pleased that we were able to reach a settlement about this nagging problem," Senator Smith said. "I believe this agreement between the City and State to clean up the site is unprecedented and illustrates what can be accomplished when all parties agree on a common goal."

Smith continued, "Moreover, on the eve of September 11, this oneness should shape future paradigms for other environmentally challenged community projects throughout this City and State."

Specifically, the group received a commitment from DEC Commissioner Christopher O. Ward for $10 million to finance the cleanup of the site. New York state officials will finance engineering plans, as well as oversee the bid process and maintain regulatory jurisdiction.

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