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DEC to host meeting on IBM toxic plume cleanup

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New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation is hosting a meeting tonight to announce progress on the toxic contamination cleanup near the old IBM site in Endicott.

IBM will have to continue to contain and treat contaminated groundwater near the site and operate the ventilation systems at buildings affected by the toxic plume.

Hazardous chemicals were firstfoundunder what is now the Huron Campus in 1979. The chemicals had migrated into nearby buildings. Residents filed a lawsuit against IBM over the contamination and the two sides settled last month.
Tonight’s meeting is at 6pm at the George Johnson Public Library in Endicott. The DEC is also taking public comments on the next stage of the cleanup plan until March 29.

Matt Richmond comes to Binghamton's WSKG, a WRVO partner station in the Innovation Trail consortium, from South Sudan, where he worked as a stringer for Bloomberg, and freelanced for Radio France International, Voice of America, and German Press Agency dpa. He has worked with KQED in Los Angeles, Cape Times in Cape Town, South Africa, and served in the Peace Corps in Cameroon. Matt's masters in journalism is from the Annenberg School for Communication at USC.
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