Jun 11, 2014 — For decades, the former Jones and Laughlin Steel plant in southern St. Lawrence County has been a symbol of the region's manufacturing decline. J&L Steel went out of business in the late 1970s, and since then, it was unclear who would clean up the toxic waste the company left behind. Parts of the property are listed as a state Superfund site.
Yesterday, local officials, including state's top environment official, met to celebrate what they believe is going to be a new beginning. Go to full article
The former General Motors site in Massena. Photo: RACER Trust
Feb 21, 2014 — ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Federal officials report removing 335,000 tons of PCBs, contaminated soil and other material from the shuttered General Motors factory in northern New York, finding more waste than expected in the Superfund cleanup.
In its 2014 project update, the Environmental Protection Agency says that's more than four times the amount covered in the original settlement agreement. Go to full article
Star Lake, NY, Jul 28, 2009 — St. Lawrence County lawmakers want more time to decide whether to foreclose on the site of a polluted former iron mine in the southern part of the county. Residents of Clifton and Fine want the county to take control of the J&L mines site so a wood chip processor can open a plant there. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
The newly groomed and cleaned slope of Willow Island.
May 04, 2006 — A Canton not-for-profit group is $40,000 in the hole after a clean-up of Grasse River waterfront went way over budget. Removing contaminated sediment from Willow Island cost almost $600,000 more than expected. As David Sommerstein reports, the state will pay for most of it. Go to full article
Jan 04, 2002 — From the St. Lawrence to the Hudson Rivers and on land in between, the North Country has a number of PCB contaminated waste sites. Scientists have long believed that the greatest human risk these areas pose is when people eat PCB contaminated fish. A new study challenges that assumption. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Apr 06, 2001 — The Environmental Protection Agency held its last public meeting on a plan to dredge toxic PCBs from the Hudson River. The cleanup would cost half a billion dollars. General Electric Corporation has worked hard to discredit the government's proposal. As Brian Mann reports, the debate has left the community bitterly divided. Go to full article