WENY News - Guthrie Weighs in on Former Corning Hospital Site Clean Up

Guthrie Weighs in on Former Corning Hospital Site Clean Up

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CORNING, N.Y. (WENY) -- Cleanup continues at the former Corning Hospital site after the DEC released an action plan just a few weeks ago. Now crews are hard at work cleaning up the site before development can even begin. 

According to the DEC's plan, officials found chemicals like mercury and lead where the hospital once stood for over 100 years. 

The Guthrie Clinic, Corning Hospital and Corning Properties Incorporated are being held responsible to make sure it gets done. That includes excavating soil and removing a 10-thousand-gallon petroleum underground storage tank.

In a statement to WENY News, the Guthrie Clinic says it "voluntarily applied to be part of the Brownfield Clean Up Program."

While the DEC works to ensure the soil and water at the site is properly tested, Guthrie went to say it's currently "working with the state D-E-C on soil remediation." 

That statement goes on to say "this was a fully expected and planned piece of the project."

A Rochester-based developer does have plans to commercialize the space. 

As of right now, a timeline has not been released as to how long officials expect clean up to take or when that developer plans to take over.

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