City receives funding for landfill closure

PLATTSBURGH - The city of Plattsburgh now has federal funding to assist with the closure and capping of the former Akey Road Municipal Landfill.

The New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation presented the city with a ceremonial check for $4,673,000 to pay for the entire cost of the project, which includes a $2.3 million stimulus grant and a $2.3 million low-interest loan from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. The presentation was made by state Environmental Facilities Corporation acting president Matthew Millea to Mayor Donald M. Kasprzak Oct. 30.

"This project demonstrates that stimulus projects are under-construction and putting New Yorkers to work, creating positive, long-lasting economic and environmental benefits," stated Millea. "Thanks to Gov. Paterson and our congressional delegation's support of funding water quality projects through the Federal stimulus program, we are able to make this important announcement today."

"I appreciate the support of Gov. Paterson and all the New York State agencies involved, especially the Environmental Facilities Corporation, for this generous funding package," said Kasprzak. "This is another example of the interest by Gov. Paterson for the North Country environment and its residents.

The project includes the construction of an impermeable landfill membrane liner and a groundwater interceptor trench. The liner will prevent rainwater from seeping through the landfill and protect groundwater. Construction began in October and is expected to end in November 2010.

The project is expected to create several construction jobs.

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