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State seeks input on Hicksville chemical plant

The state's Department of Environmental Conservation is set to remove a onetime Hicksville chemical plant from its Superfund site list and is soliciting public comment before making a final decision in early May.

State officials say Anchor Lith Kem Ko, also known as Anchor Chem, at 500 W. John St., “no longer presents a threat to public health or the environment.”

Cleanup at the site — which blended and packed chemicals for the graphic arts industry — was completed several years ago.

In the 1980s, the DEC said that testing revealed leaking storage tanks and monitoring wells contaminated with various chemicals. The state says it has received soil and air samples confirming the cleanup.

Anyone wishing to provide feedback on the decision to remove the site from the state list may contact project manager Brian Jankauskas, c/o DEC Division of Environmental Remediation, Remedial Bureau A, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233. The deadline is May 9.

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