State to use $9.2 million for leaky tank cleanup

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York State officials say $9.2 million in
federal stimulus money will be used to clean up about 60 sites with
leaking underground fuel tanks to make the sites suitable for redevelopment.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provided $200 million nationwide for cleanups of abandoned underground storage sites where a responsible party has not been identified. Most are former gas stations.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation says about 15,000 petroleum spills are reported in New York each year involving various industries.

The DEC says cleanup work has begun or soon will begin at 14 sites, and one site in Chenango County has already been completed. All projects being supported by the federal funding must be completed by September 2011.

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