TUPPER LAKE - The state Department Environmental Conservation has begun the process of cleaning up the former Sarvis' Mini-Mall on Park Street, which has been abandoned for more than a decade.
Beginning Monday, a small crew removed three underground fuel storage tanks.
DEC environmental engineer Russ Mulvey oversaw workers from contracted companies Precision Environmental Services of Clifton Park and Niagara Falls-based National Vacuum Corp., which has an office in Queensbury.
An environmental cleanup expert from Precision Environmental Services in Clifton Park puts up a fence around a hole dug in the ground Monday to take out old gas tanks.
(Enterprise photo — Jessica Collier)
They will be returning next week to remove the gas line and to continue investigation into the contaminated soil on the site, Mulvey said.
Once they find out the nature and extent of the contamination, they will have a good idea of what it will take to clean it up, Mulvey said.
"Once we have that, we'll figure out what kind of time frame we're looking at" to complete the project, Mulvey said.
The cleanup is being headed up by the DEC as part of a grant to remove leaking underground storage tanks, Mulvey said. While there are several other former gas stations in Tupper Lake that are currently or have recently been cleaned up, Sarvis' is the only one covered under the grant.
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