New York, New York – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles, home of IBM for 30 years and now known as iPark87, after years of advocating for the cleanup and transformation of Ulster County’s former Tech City campus E. Schumer and US Congressman Patrick Ryan issued the following statement today. Long awaited removal of toxic asbestos piles:
“After a long and difficult battle, the asbestos and debris piles are finally gone, and the once-polluted dump is now the cornerstone of the Hudson Valley’s economic future. This is a historic day for Ulster County. and a major milestone in revitalizing the former Tech City site in Ulster County and transforming it into iPark87, creating thousands of high-paying jobs.” the senator said Schumer“I congratulate former county administrator and current Congressman Pat Ryan, the EPA, for working with the county and town to make this moment of transformation happen.”
“This is a big step for the Hudson Valley and we are making the region a 21st Sustain the economy of the century and create high-paying local jobs. ” Rep. Pat Ryan said“I would like to thank Senator Schumer, the Environmental Protection Agency, and our county and town government partners for working with us on this project that I have supported since I was county administrator. Through their tireless efforts, iPark87 is poised to become a great example of Hudson Valley’s economic renaissance.”
“EPA has removed the last pile of asbestos-contaminated material from this site and has reclaimed the area for new economic activity.” EPA Regional Administrator Lisa F. Garcia said: “This is a milestone for the town of Ulster, with New York State and Ulster County officials playing a key role in working with the EPA in the process of finding solutions that pave the way for businesses to move forward with new construction and renovations. This collaboration is a model for future cleanups.”
Schumer has been fighting for years to revitalize the iPark87 cleanup. In July 2021, Schumer personally visited her asbestos-contaminated TechCity site to urge the EPA to completely clean up and restore Ulster County’s former economic engine. After his visit, Natural Resources purchased the property from the previous owner. Earlier this summer, after Schumer’s advocacy, The company reached an agreement with the EPA to remove the pile of asbestos.
In June 2022, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) entered into an agreement with iPark87, LLC, the current developer of the former Tech City facility, to remove any existing asbestos at the site. Under the terms of the contract, the developer agreed to properly remove asbestos from the interior of Building 1 and remove three large piles of asbestos-bearing debris. These are disposed of off-site at an EPA-approved landfill. Under EPA oversight, iPark87 will begin the asbestos reduction work he agreed to in August 2022. Mr. Schumer made a personal visit to kick off his August cleanup, while also announcing his next move. direct appealZinc8, a leader in cutting-edge battery and energy storage technology, has come to Ulster County to formally sign an agreement that could bring up to 500 new high-paying clean energy jobs to the Hudson Valley. .
Asbestos abatement in Building 1 is underway and three piles of asbestos-containing debris have been disposed of off-site. Off-site disposal of the rubble pile began on 29 August 2022 and was completed on 12 October 2022. More than 7,000 tonnes of asbestos-contaminated rubble took him to landfill more than a month ahead of schedule. The use of asbestos by the public has been eliminated.
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