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Proposal to get funding to clean Diaz site

Holley, NY - Senator Charles Schumer is introducing legislation that will increase funds for the federal Superfund program, which helps clean up and revitalize contaminated industrial sites.

Schumer made the announcement Thursday in Holley at the former site of Diaz Chemical.

Diaz Chemical was the largest private employer  in Orleans County before closing its doors in 2003 after toxic chemicals were released into the air.

The leak contaminated nearby homes and caused significant health problems. 

The site was declared a Superfund site making it eligible for federal funding for clean-up, but it has sat abandoned for over a decade. 

Plans have been in place for over two years to clean up and revitalize the site.

However,  lack of funding for the Superfund program has prevented the project’s final cleanup program from getting underway. 

Schuumer wants to reinstate a tax requiring polluters nationwide contribute to the Superfund program.

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