Cleanup begins in Geneva Foundry neighborhood

Shannon Thibault doesn’t feel lucky.

Her small daycare operation at her home at 22 State St., which she shares with her husband, Timothy, is the first to undergo remediation of contaminated soils traced to operations at the former Geneva Foundry on Jackson Street.

Work started last Monday, she said.

“I don’t feel lucky because my house is the first one,” said Thibault, who has a small licensed daycare at her home. Because of her daycare operations, the property was identified by the state Department of Environmental Conservation as one of the first of what is expected to be 17 properties to be remediated this year.

That doesn’t make her feel particularly good.

“I pushed for all of my neighbors (to get cleaned up quickly),” she said. “Hopefully they will get a rhythm and get more people done faster.”

The DEC has not indicated how many homes can be cleaned up next year, as it continues to indicate it is a multi-year process.

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