Massena GM Plant: Overview

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Modified on 2009/10/14 21:43 by admin
This 270-acre General Motor's property in Massena, New York has been in operation since 1958. From 1959 to 1974, the plant used polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) as a component in its die casting process. PCB sludge was periodically landfilled onsite and is still found in several lagoons on the property. The area was also used for disposal of other solid industrial wastes. The St. Lawrence River, the St. Regis Mohawk Nation, the Raquette River, and the Reynolds Metals Company border the site. River sediments have been contaminated with PCBs. Soil on the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation has been contaminated by runoff from the site, and groundwater beneath the site has also been contaminated. PCBs were found in monitoring wells on the eastern side of the facility and in onsite soil and sediment samples taken from the St. Lawrence River. The New York State Health Department and the Indian Reservation Administration have restricted fishing in the area. Individuals ingesting or touching contaminated surface water, groundwater, soil, sludge, or sediments may be at risk. Public water supply systems are not believed to be contaminated.

See your doctor if you live near this site and you have experienced serious health problems. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.



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