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EPA OKs $243M Grasse River cleanup

April 6, 2013
The Associated Press

MASSENA (AP) - Federal regulators have approved a $243 million plan to remove PCBs from a 7.2 mile stretch of the Grasse River in northern New York.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says Friday the aluminum giant Alcoa Inc. can go ahead with dredging about 109,000 cubic yards of sediment contaminated with waste from smelting and fabricating plants in Massena during the 1950s until the 1970s.

Alcoa says it will also go ahead with a $52 million modernization plan that includes $10 million for economic development in the region.

Local officials had been urging the EPA to approve a plan that would not cost Alcoa so much money that the company might forego the modernization plan. The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe supported a more extensive proposal because of health concerns on their reservation.



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