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EPA endorses Kodak-state environmental cleanup agreement

EPA endorses Kodak-state environmental cleanup agreement
Posted Thursday, February 27th 2014 @ 6pm  by Bud Lowell

Governor Cuomo's office says federal authorities have endorsed a cleanup agreement for the Genesee River reached between the state and Eastman Kodak.

The governor says the agreement will clean up pollution released from years of film manufacturing at the former Kodak Park -- and removes a possible obstacle to the future development of the Eastman Business Park.

Kodak spokesman Chris Veronda says the company is encouraged by recent discussions with the state Department of Environmental Conservation. But Veronda says the agreement isn't finalized yet and there's still work to be done.

The settlement endorsed by the EPA was reached about six months ago as part of Kodak's bankruptcy case. Kodak is paying $49 million into a trust for environmental cleanup of the Genesee below its King's Landing treatment plant and to maintain equipment that keeps contaminated groundwater from seeping off the Eastman Business Park site. New York State has pledged $50 million if any additional cleanup is necessary.

DEC will develop a cleanup plan for removing contaminated sediments from the riverbed.


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