DEC Clean Up Plan Up for Community Review

By Matt Porter

October 18, 2012 Updated Oct 18, 2012 at 6:43 PM EDT

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Department of Environmental Conservation announced a new clean up plan last month for the IBM Gun Club Burn Pit in the Town of Union.

But, many neighbors say they were unaware of the plan due to a change in how the DEC contacts residents.

So, one member of the Western Broome Environmental Stakeholders Coalition (WBESC) started knocking on doors to let Endwell residents know about the new development.

"Hopefully the residents will read it," said James Little of WBESC, "And if they like the clean up plan, they'll advocate it and call the DEC."

The DEC used to mail notices out to surrounding communities. but now residents need to sign up online or call to stay on the mailing list.

"We're out here primarily to educate people," said Little.

Endwell's Brad Barrett said he didn't remember ever getting anything from the DEC about the toxic clean up a half mile from his backyard.

"No, absolutely not," said Barrett after being asked if he thinks the DEC has done a good job getting information out.

The WBESC said despite sometimes short notice, it likes how the DEC has been moving forward.

"They've done very well," said Frank Roma, spokesperson for the WBESC, "We've been able to bring our points across in various times and they've responded well."

If you would like to be added to any of the DEC's clean up mailing lists, you can visit their website or call them at 518-402-9764 to request a paper copy.