Headway on toxic former General Motors plant

It has been a long wait for Virginia Golden and her neighbors in the Delavan-Grider community. For over a decade, they’ve wanted the state to clean up the former General Motors plant.

There is finally progress to report less than a month after Investigative Post’s investigation. The state Department of Environmental Conservation has added a portion of the former General Motors auto manufacturing facility to its Superfund program, making it eligible for state funds for remediation. The state hired a consultant to begin the investigaton of the property at 1001 E. Delavan Ave., where oil laced with PCBs from past manufacturing has seeped into the ground and sewer line.

That’s the good news.

The bad news is neighborhood residents still feel in the dark about what DEC’s longterm plan is for the property after a decade of inaction by state authorities.

The DEC added the green section to its state Superfund program, the first step in beginning remediation.