2008 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2008 00:40:34 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
Subject: [CPEO-BIF] Victor, New York "Value Protection Plan"
State: Toxic groundwater 'plume' no longer threatens Victor area residents

Steve Orr
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (NY)
December 14, 2008

An in-depth New York state investigation of toxic chemicals in groundwater in western Victor has concluded the original contamination was smaller in scale than once thought, and no longer poses a direct threat to people in the area.


Another ongoing project is an unusual town-orchestrated plan to protect the value of the 59 homes that lie above the plume. Michael Annechino, who chairs a citizen's advisory committee that crafted the plan, said Friday that an $850,000 contribution over 20 years to the value-stabilization fund by the Syracusa mining operation is contingent on the DEC agreeing not to press Syracusa to pay for study and cleanup of the site. The DEC has spent roughly $600,000 on Victor-plume work so far.


The fund would be used to compensate owners of property impacted by the contamination who cannot sell their homes for fair-market value. Many residents had complained that publicity about the contamination depressed the housing market in that part of Victor. Sellers would be made whole in exchange for signing waivers promising not to sue Syracusa or the town.


For the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
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