Forum addresses concerns, future of Corning's Houghton Plot
CORNING, N.Y. (WENY) -- The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the Department of Health (DOH) and Corning Incorporated were together Thursday night at the Radisson hotel to update residents on the Houghton Plot cleanup project.
The six-hour public session drew in over 50 residents to talk face-to-face with officials about soil samples and cleanup efforts. After that, people learned more about the project by having an open discussion with DEC and Corning Incorporated representatives. Decades ago, Houghton Plot was used as a dumping ground for area manufacturers.
According to Corning Incorporated officials, since late 2014, they've been testing the soil for signs of ash, brick, and glass. All of which can contain levels of lead, cadmium, and arsenic. Corning Incorporated now believes they have done testing at enough sites to begin the cleanup process.
"We're now going to begin the next phase of remediation of up to 40 properties this summer," said Corning Incorporated Vice President of Corporate Communications, Dan Collins. "In order to do that, we need to meet individually with those property owners, explain the process that's going on, get their consent again to be able to take the actions necessary, and then be able to schedule work with them for it."
This is the latest community forum over the last several years focusing on soil contamination in the residential neighborhood. Corning Inc. will begin the cleanup process this June. Once it has started, the residential portion should take about three to five years to complete.