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Geneva finishes Geneva Foundry cleanup

While the state Department of Environmental Conservation gears up for another year cleaning contaminated properties near the former Geneva Foundry site, one remediation project is complete.

That’s the foundry site itself.

Acting City Manager Sage Gerling said at last week’s City Council meeting that the city has completed its $250,000 remediation of Geneva Foundry land, which consists of 2.5 acres on Jackson Street. She said final regrading and seeding will be done in the spring.

The foundry operated from the late 1800s until 1998. Part of the site was once a coal yard until the foundry expanded in the 1940s.

The city acquired the property in 1998, and some abandoned drums and other materials were removed at that point. The foundry buildings were removed in the early 2000s.

The DEC said most of the contamination related to the former foundry is offsite and came through air emissions from the foundry, where there were no pollution controls until the 1970s.

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