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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.

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: