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For Release: Thursday, July 12, 2018

DEC Announces July 20 Public Meeting On Cleanup Efforts at Former J & L Steel Company

The State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), St. Lawrence County, and the Development Authority of the North Country (DANC) today announced a public meeting on Friday, July 20, 2018, to provide the public with a comprehensive presentation of cleanup efforts at the former Jones and Laughlin (J&L) Steel Company site in Star Lake, St. Lawrence County. A site tour will follow the meeting.

What: J & L Presentation to the Public
When: 1 - 4 p.m., Friday, July 20, 2018
Where: Clifton - Fine Central High School auditorium, 11 Hall Ave, Star Lake, NY 13690.
The public is invited to participate in a site tour following the presentation. Tour seating is limited. Please RSVP to information.R6@dec.ny.gov; or by calling: 315-785-2513.

Site History

To date, DEC has recovered 350,000 gallons of fuel oil released to the environment from the site. Removal of the released oil is ongoing. Since 2010, DEC, EPA, St. Lawrence County and DANC have been working together to remove asbestos and PCB contamination, and to demolish and remove blighted buildings. Areas of the site found clear of hazardous waste contamination have been transferred to St. Lawrence County for redevelopment. The ongoing cleanup effort is designed to facilitate future, productive use of the site.

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