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Onondaga Lake cleanup work set to resume this week

Tuesday, April 09, 2013 - Updated: 4:09 PM

CAMILLUS (AP) — Dredging is set to resume this week in Onondaga Lake and officials say additional steps have been taken to contain odors caused by the $451 million cleanup project.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation says a mix of windscreens and plantings and other measures will be put in place by contractor Honeywell Inc. as the work resumes, probably on Wednesday.

Residents in the Syracuse suburb of Camillus complained last year about odors from a treatment plant where dredged material is pumped from the lake.

The project to remove 2 million cubic yards of contaminated sediment and cap some areas began in July. It’s expected to take four years.

Decades of waste dumping by industries surrounding the lake poured mercury and other metals along with solvents and PCBs into the water.

     

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