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City Officials: Drinking water not affected by Susquehanna River contamination cleanup

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — As contamination cleanup is underway on the Susquehanna River along Court Street, officials said it won’t impact the city’s drinking water.

“Contaminated soil is being dredged from the river,” said Binghamton Mayor Rich David.

NYSEG hired an outside contractor to cleanup toxins from a superfund site at 271 Court Street. The DEC is overseeing the cleanup. The agency says the chemicals and contaminants came from a former manufactured gas plant, and spread to sediment in the river. That happened decades ago, but now NYSEG is tasked with the cleanup.

“There is a barge that’s parked very close to the flood wall,” said David. “They’re in the process of removing contaminated soil along the underwater bank and along the river floor.”

The Susquehanna River is the main drinking water source for Binghamton. The water intake is right across the river from the cleanup, but the city said this project has no impact on water treatment and drinking water is rigorously tested.

For now, the mayor said there’s nothing to worry about. “To my knowledge there’s no environmental or health concerns as part of this project,” said David.

NYSEG said it’s working closely with the DEC and department of health and the project is expected to be completed later this year. The DEC told 12 news the project was delayed in the fall due to unsafe river conditions.

Chloe Vincente

Chloe Vincente is an Evening News Anchor at 12 News.

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