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From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:21:39 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
Subject: [CPEO-BIF] CUTCO Corp. TCE, Olean, New York
Contamination in East Olean poses no imminent health threat, EPA says

By Christopher Michel
Olean Times Herald (NY)
July 25, 2014

OLEAN - The discovery of a small area of contamination in the Olean Well Field Superfund Site in East Olean is not cause for panic, officials with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) say.

"There is no imminent threat to public health and safety," Michael Basile, an EPA public affairs specialist, told the Times Herald. "We have been actively involved in the Olean well fields for years, and this is one of the last areas of (contamination)."

The EPA announced Wednesday that a small pocket of contamination was found underneath an Alcas - or CUTCO Corp. - manufacturing facility on the company's campus on East State Street. According to a copy of the site report obtained by the Times Herald, environmental authorities found traces of trichloroethylene (TCE), an industrial degreaser known to cause cancer after prolonged exposure, in soil and groundwater samples taken 9 feet below the foundation of the building. Tests of the samples found the TCE concentrations are the highest presence of the substance ever recorded at the site.


For the entire article, see
http://www.oleantimesherald.com/news/here_and_now/ article_828a9156-1407-11e4-a1cb-001a4bcf887a.html


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