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Zack Hutchins
Director of Communications

January 7, 2002

State releases report on environmental activities in fiscal year 2001

Businesses in New York State have spent some $3.1 billion since 1979 to clean Superfund sites for which they were liable, a new state report shows.

That figure represents 62 percent of the nearly $5 billion spent on Superfund sites since 1979, said Ken Pokalsky, The Council's environmental specialist.

These numbers are among the data report in a new report from the state Department of Environmental (DEC), the 2001 New York State Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Site Remedial Plan. This report is now available on line at www.dec.state.ny.us/website/der/index.html.

The report highlights environmental cleanups during that period during the 2000-01 state fiscal year which ended last March 31. It also describes policies and strategies of the state's Superfund program, DEC said in a release.

The plan notes that:

The report can also be obtained by calling DEC at 1-518/402- 9758, or by writing to: Attention: 2001 Remedial Plan, NYSDEC, Policy and Planning Section, 12th Floor, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-7012.