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Cuomo contamination probe nets $1.1M settlement

By John O'Brien | Feb 9, 2009


ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) - The State of New York will be reimbursed more than $1 million for its cleanup of two landfills that were contaminated with hazardous waste.

More than 50 parties will pay a collective $1.1 million over the contamination of landfills in Steuben and Yates counties. The State will take that money and clean up other hazardous waste sites with it.

"Hazardous waste sites like these not only present dangers to public health and the environment, they also cause taxpayer dollars to be used for the cleanup costs," said New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, whose office represented the State.

"My office took action to ensure that the cost of cleaning up of these landfills are taken off the taxpayers' backs and rightfully shifted to the parties that brought the harmful waste to these areas. They are doing the right thing by reimbursing the state and taking responsibility for their prior actions."

Lead and arsenic were discovered at the Lindley Landfill in Steuben County in 1991, and an investigation led to allegations of contaminating it against five entities -- Corning, Inc., Ingersoll-Rand Co., Kraft Foods Global, Inc., New York State Electric and Gas Co. and the U.S. Veterans Administration.

Those five will pay a collective $435,000.

Fifty businesses and entities were alleged to have contaminated the Torrey Landfill in Yates County. They included Seneca Foods, La-Z-Boy, Inc., and NYSEG. They will pay a collective $750,000.

In 1987, the carcinogens as well as metals barium and iron were found at the site.

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