Agreement reached for depot cleanup
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SCHENECTADY COUNTY, N.Y. -- A seven year government battle in Schenectady County comes to an end. County officials say the federal government has finally agreed to clean up the old Navy Depot in Glenville.
Officials have signed an agreement with the state DEC to fix environmental issues that could affect the aquifer, which is the underground water supply for almost all Schenectady County residents.
Investigations revealed a plume of TCE that was found in the aquifer beneath several properties near the depot. TCE poses no immediate threat to people, but is considered a toxic chemical that some research has tied to cancer over prolonged exposure
The General Services Administration will soon come in to install a barrier to break down the TCEs.
"It filters them out so that it doesn't get into the aquifer and affect our drinking water. Then they'll be continually monitoring it. Once it's proven to be clean, the county will be able to take over and can take over and sell the property and put it back on the tax rolls," said Schenectady County Legislator Cathy Gatta.
The TCE was likely used during repair and assembly of trucks and other vehicles at the former Navy Depot.