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In a settlement deal between General Motors and the White House, the car maker will set aside nearly three quarters of a billion dollars for environmental clean up of contaminated properties. The public got to weigh in on plans for a site near Syracuse last night. As the Innovation Trail's Ryan Morden reports, there are worries about PCBs.

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The settlement includes more than $30 million for the Inland Fisher Guide plant in Salina and the northern part of Ley Creek.

Matt Millea is Deputy County Executive for Physical Services for Onondaga County. He says that’s not enough to account for the PCBs and other toxins that have contaminated Lay Creek, which flows downstream from the property and into Onondaga Lake.

The goal is to get the White House agreement amended to include money for entirety of the site.

“We want money for cleaning up the entirety of Lay Creek. Whether it’s reapportionment or more money, we won’t quibble about that,” said Millea. “All we know is that when Lay Creek is cleaned up, the entirety will be funded by the responsible party, which is General Motors, Old General Motors, Environmental Trust- we would appreciate for them to pay for the clean up cost.”

A judge is expected to make the call for money for the creek, and the rest White House settlement sometime next year.

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