"Commissioner Larry Hartig of DEC has basically said that they're going to be spending $3.9 million from the response account of the Oil and Hazardous Substance Release Prevention and Response Fund to perform the emergency cleanup of the junkyard," said Wrangell Economic Development Director Carol Rushmore.
said Wrangell initially got a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency
to test for contamination at the former site of the Byford junkyard, which is about four miles south of town.
"The assessment came in and said we had very high levels of lead contamination.
And the EPA
jumped on it and was trying to get some funds, and then the accident in Colorado happened and those funds were diverted and we were told it wasn't going to happen," Rushmore