DEC in final stages of toxic plume cleanup

- Endicott (WIVT) - The DEC says it's entering the final stages of cleanup of the decades old toxic plume that for years sent potentially deadly vapors into homes and businesses in the heart of the Village of Endicott.

The state agency will be holding a public meeting Thursday evening to discuss remediation progress so far and its plans for extracting the remaining volatile organic compounds from the soil beneath the village.

In 1979, IBM spilled a large amount of TCE, an industrial solvent, into the ground behind one of its North Street facilities.

In the early 2000's, it was discovered that vapors from the toxic plume were entering buildings through cracks in basement floors and foundations.

Since the 1980's, IBM has been paying for a pump and treat process to remove the VOC's from the groundwater.

Tomorrow's meeting takes place at 6 p.m. at the George F. Johnson Library in Endicott.

The DEC is collecting public comments on its plan through March 29th.

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