State environmental office proposes a plan to clean up the Hastings waterfront

The DEC announced a plan to clean up cancer causing toxins from the Hastings-on-Hudson waterfront.

The NYS Department of Environmental Conversation has developed a proposal that would involve removing PCB's and dangerous heavy metal contaminants along 27 acres of waterfront property in Hastings. Under the proposal, buildings along the waterfront would also be removed.

It's estimated that the clean up effort would cost about $114 million. The DEC is hoping the Los Angeles-based gasoline company Atlantic Richfield will foot the cost. Just this spring, the company reached a deal with the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson and the environmental group Riverkeeper to conduct a $50 million cleanup, so it's unclear if the company would be willing to take on the DEC's proposal.

Village officials would like to see the area cleaned up so it can be used for housing and retail.

Residents will have a chance to speak out on the proposal next month.

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