Polluted site in Cortlandt Manor listed on EPA’s national priority list

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A long-abandoned and polluted site in Cortland Manor is now on the EPA's national priority list.

The patch of land once housed Magna Metals from the mid-50s to 1979. Magna Metals used iron, lead and zinc chlorides during operations, and those contaminates seeped into the soil groundwater and a nearby stream.

Peter Lopez, regional administrator with the EPA, says the land is among the most polluted in the country. The DEC spent years studying and mitigating the contamination, and now the EPA is putting it on its Superfund list, opening up federal funding to clean up the site for good.

Jimmy Apostolou built a house across the stream from Magna Metals 30 years ago. He says he didn’t find out it was polluted until about five years ago when his soil was tested and contaminants were found.

Although Magna Metals was torn down in 2013, some office buildings were built on part of the land. Apostolou says he's still worried about his property value and hopes the cleanup doesn't take much longer.

A total of seven Superfund sites across the U.S. were added to the list Monday. The EPA will begin a study of the site. Its recommendation for a permanent cleanup is expected in the next few years.

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