Corning, Inc., DEC provides update into Houghton Plot cleanup efforts
CORNING, N.Y. (WENY) – The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Corning, Inc. have provided an update into ongoing cleanup efforts in the Houghton Plot neighborhood.
As WENY News has extensively reported, contamination was first discovered in the area during excavation work at Corning High School in 2012. Cleanup of the surrounding neighborhoods began a few years later.
Corning, Inc. is handling the cleanup with oversight from the DEC. Since 2017, the company has reportedly cleaned up contamination at 21 properties in order to “protect public health and the environment”.
For 2020, Corning Inc., says it plans to clean up soil contamination at approximately 40 properties, subject to DEC oversight and property owner approvals. Corning will reportedly submit “comprehensive design packages” and a “detailed schedule” for the DEC to review before the beginning of the 2020 construction season.
Officials say meetings with property owners will begin in early 2020 to ensure construction activities can commence as anticipated in April.
To better assist with construction management and inspection services, the DEC says it will retain an engineering firm, Parsons.
The complete informational package is attached below: