CLEAN UP — A crew from Eggan Environmental Services of Rome was digging up empty fuel storage tanks at 229 S. James St. as part of a six-site clean-up effort in Rome being overseen by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The crew has completed its work there, but work at several other sites have not begun. (Sentinel photo by John Clifford)

Crew completes cleanup in south Rome

Published Feb 14, 2018 at 4:00pm

The third of six environmental site clean up projects in Rome is now complete, officials have announced.

The crew from Eggan Environmental Services has finished its work at 229 S. James St., though the state Department of Environmental Conservation has three more sites left to see remediated.

The state also oversaw clean up operations at a site on Railroad Street last year as well as the former Foodland site at 501 W. Embargo St. that was once a service station.

There are three other sites where there will be work done: the former Polka Dot Village Laundromat, 410 Erie Blvd. W.; the former Highway Oil at 717 W. Dominick St. and the former car wash at 713 Erie Blvd. W.

The funding for these clean up projects comes from the state. The state will assure the sites are remediated, then the city can pursue foreclosure.

In some cases the city chooses not to foreclose on a property because to do so would mean taking over the responsibility for any environmental hazards. This will allow the city to then sell these clean sites for redevelopment.