Geneva Foundry cleanup continuing into fall

Cleanup of the identified contamination zone around the former Geneva Foundry is expected to continue well into the fall, City Manager Matt Horn reported last week.

A multi-year cleanup effort is underway to assess — and possibly remediate — 200 properties surrounding the foundry, which operated at 23 Jackson St. from 1868 to 1988.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation continues to test properties and visit those parcels where owners have not responded to property-access requests, Horn said. He noted that testing has indicated that some properties are not in need of remediation, and that DEC has issued “No Further Action” letters for 18 properties.

Horn said soil excavation will go on through late October, and driveway and street paving into November — or as long as local asphalt plants stay open, he indicated. Much of the work so far has focused on State and Jackson streets, with other remedial work at properties on Genesee and Center streets.

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