The Foundry Action Committee, a group of Geneva residents concerned about and living in the old- foundry zone, held a news conference this week in response to the Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) confirmation that there was no confidentiality clause preventing Geneva city officials from informing residents of the soil contamination in the Foundry Zone.
City officials recently made claim that they were contractually obligated to remain silent about the contamination. In Sunday’s Finger Lakes Times, the Department of Environmental Conservation said that there was no confidentiality clause preventing the project manager or any other city official from informing residents about the contamination.
Members of the Foundry Action Committee are calling for:
- All communications from the city about the foundry zone in both English and Spanish, and an interpreter at council meetings.
- Signage and fencing on the foundry site.
- Free healthcare for all impacted residents.
- Free access to nearby, supervised, outdoor spaces for children.
- Free access to nearby fruits and vegetables.
- Free testing and admission to dog parks for pets.
- Tax relief and rent holiday until each contaminated property is cleaned up.
- Compensation of back taxes covering the time between when the city knew of the contamination and when it informed the residents.