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Environmental cleanup plan revealed for Schenectady Superfund site

Environmental cleanup plan revealed for Schenectady Superfund site

Environmental remediation planned at the site of a former laundry business
Environmental cleanup plan revealed for Schenectady Superfund site
Tetrachloroethene is widely used in dry-cleaning operations.
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SCHENECTADY — The state has announced plans for environmental remediation at the site of a former laundry business in Schenectady. 

Plans released Thursday by the state Department of Environmental Conservation for the cleanup at the former Kenwood Cleaners at 445 Duane Ave. reveal the state will dig and remove tetrachloroethene-contaminated soil as far down as 20 feet. Clean soil will then be used as backfill. 

The project at the designated Superfund site, located near the intersection of Duane Avenue and Watt Street, has an estimated $1.1 million price tag, according to DEC. A start date for the project was not available.

The plan also calls for treatment of contaminated groundwater through "chemical oxidation." 

Tetrachloroethene is widely used in dry-cleaning operations, according to the federal Environmental Protection Agency, which classifies the chemical as “likely to be carcinogenic” to humans.

Kenwood Cleaners began operating at the 1.4-acre site in 1950 and continued possibly up to the 1970s or later,  DEC said in a press release.

The location is currently home to metal-clad building used for manufacturing purposes.

The DEC held a public meeting in January to solicit feedback for the proposal.

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