DEC: Geneva could have released foundry information

At an emotional City Council meeting June 7, a number of people came to the defense of embattled City Councilor Gordy Eddington. Their reaction was related to the Geneva Foundry contamination that has resulted in protests and legal actions.

It was Eddington himself who drew the most attention that evening.

After being vilified in protests, criticized in a local political blog and disparaged at Council meetings, the at-large council member broke his silence over allegations that he failed to tell residents in the former Geneva Foundry area that the soil on their properties was contaminated with toxins that included lead and arsenic.

 Eddington, a former city director of public works and project director for the foundry cleanup, said the reason he did not communicate soil-testing data to residents in the foundry area was this: He was legally bound to remain silent. He cited a state assistance contract related to the contamination cleanup with the state Department of Environmental Conservation that included a clause he said prohibited him and the city as a whole from divulging any information related to soil-testing results.

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