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Official: EPA cleanup to start in May

March 25, 2013
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will begin cleaning up the contaminated former Demis Leather tannery on West Fulton Street starting in May, a city official said.

Second Ward Councilman Chris Foss gave a liaison report on the situation to the Common Council last week.

He reported initial work to clean up the site is expected to begin May 6 and will last about three to four weeks. Foss said the site at 124-126 W. Fulton St. is still privately owned, but the governments will coordinate and oversee the project.

"EPA will conduct all cleanup activities, but will coordinate work with the city," City Engineer Chandra Cotter said today.

Cotter told the council earlier this month the EPA says the old tannery is contaminated and threatens public health. She said EPA also says the contaminants at the property pose a threat of fire or explosion.

In other city business:

"Complaint responses are being addressed as needed," Lakata stated.



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