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DEC accepting public comment on contaminated Johnson City property


JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) -- An eyesore on Lester Avenue may have a chance at new life, thanks to The Department of Environmental Conservation, the state Brownfield Cleanup Program and a building applicant for the site.

The DEC is investigating the contamination at the EJ Victory Building site and asking for public comment in regards to its remedial investigation work plan.

According to the DEC, a Brownfield is a property that was contaminated with chemicals that could threaten public health or the environment. The goal of the Brownfield Cleanup Program is to redevelop those sites to help grow the local economy.

The DEC will look into the types of contaminats present at the Lester Ave. site that are potentially harmful. The organization says the investigation for the EJ Victory Building will look at the contamination in soil, surface water, groundwater and any other parts of the environment that may be affected.

Past investigations have detected semi-volatile organic compounds
(SVOCs) and metals in soil, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in soil vapor,
and metals in groundwater on site.

The property is almost five acres in size, located in the central village neighborhood and historic Johnson City. The DEC believes previous manufacturing at the site is to blame for the contaminant levels.

The DEC is accepting written public comment from Nov. 18 through Dec. 17. If you have questions or want to submit a public comment, contact :

Anthony Bollasina, Project Manager
625 Broadway 12th Floor
Albany, NY 12233
(518) 402-2754

The site's applicant will be performing the actual cleanup and redevelopment work, once a plan is passed.

Chloe Vincente

Chloe Vincente is an Evening News Anchor at 12 News.

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