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The Telegram
  • DEC initial results: No contaminates at former Prine Cleaners

  • Officials from the state Department of Environmental Conservation said initial lab results have not indicated any contamination issues at an Ilion Housing Authority site. The soil and groundwater testing began nearly two months ago at Ilion Heights — a multifamily residential, low-income housing complex ...
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  • Officials from the state Department of Environmental Conservation said initial lab results have not indicated any contamination issues at an Ilion Housing Authority site.
    The soil and groundwater testing began nearly two months ago at Ilion Heights — a multifamily residential, low-income housing complex — built on what was home to Prine Cleaners and Laundry Co., housing authority Executive Director Jeff McTiernan said.
    Prine Cleaners opened in the 1930s providing retail dry cleaning and rug cleaning. Operations ceased in 1968, and the property was taken through eminent domain under the Urban Renewal Program.
    Due to the type of industry that was there, an investigation was conducted to analyze surface and subsurface soil as well as groundwater. The history of the site indicates the business used Stoddard solvents — a nontoxic compound similar to kerosene — in its operations.
    No previous investigations have been conducted there.
    DEC officials previously indicated the process would take about a month and a half, but spokesman Stephen Litwhiler said additional samplings were done.
    “They expanded the area they were sampling in so that they could fully characterize the site, just to be sure,” he said.
    McTiernan anticipates the final report will be released sometime this month.
    “If the process takes this long, I understand,” he said, “as long as we’re not putting any residents at risk, which we’ve been told is not the case whatsoever.”
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