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EPA to Clean Up Asbestos from Abandoned Fort Edward Facility

Release Date: 04/24/2006
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(Fort Edward, NY) Beginning this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will oversee the cleanup of hundreds of pounds of asbestos that were left behind at the now-defunct New York Environmental Recovery Group facility in Ft. Edward, New York. EPA has entered into an agreement with International Paper, one of the companies that contracted with New York Environmental Recovery Group, to properly remove the asbestos and other hazardous material from the site. The cleanup, which has an estimated cost of $400,000, is expected to be completed by the end of June.

“This facility contains large amounts of asbestos material that were not disposed of properly, so it’s imperative that EPA make sure it gets cleaned up quickly to eliminate any potential threat to the community,” said EPA Regional Administrator Alan J. Steinberg. “EPA is taking swift action to address the problem, working closely with state and local agencies.”

The New York Environmental Recovery Group Site is a closed asbestos abatement business that handled asbestos-containing material from the mid 1990's until operations ceased in 2002. Investigations by EPA uncovered approximately 140 to 150 bags of asbestos material inside the facility and in three 40-foot trailers stored outside, along with a fourth trailer with unknown materials, stacks of asbestos lined pipes, paint wastes and other potentially hazardous materials.

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