To mark the completion of wetlands restoration at the former Linden Chemical and Plastics (LCP) site, Honeywell and Wetlands Specialist Joseph M. McMullen were joined by several local officials to plant the last of the project's trees. The nearly 12,000 trees and wetland plants at the site represent more than 20 native species.
The former LCP plant site was used as a major mercury dumping ground for AlliedSignal, and was a major source of mercury reaching Onondaga Lake. In 2004, New York State announced that it would require Honeywell to complete an estimated $448 million cleanup of more than 74,000 kg (165,000 lbs.) of mercury and other toxic waste dumped into Onondaga Lake.
In 2005, Honeywell, which purchased AlliedSignal, removed more than eight tons of mercury from the property through a process called soil washing, and installed a protective barrier wall and cap. Honeywell excavated mercury contamination from the wetlands prior to the restoration.
Honeywell ranks 44th in a list of U.S. corporations most responsible for air pollution. Honeywell releases more than 4.25 million kg (9.4 million pounds) of toxins per year into the atmosphere. According to the EPA, no corporation in the U.S. has been linked to a greater number of toxic waste sites than Honeywell.
Honeywell is committed to reestablishing thriving, natural habitats as part of the Onondaga Lake cleanup, said John McAuliffe, Honeywell Syracuse Program Director. The planting of native wetland plants and trees near the former LCP site is the first of several steps we will undertake to restore wetlands, habitat and the environment near and around the lake.
Officials and groups on hand for the event were Onondaga County Executive Nicholas Pirro, County Legislator James Corbett, Geddes Town Councilor Helen Bruzdzinski, representatives from the offices of Congressman James Walsh and Senator John DeFrancisco, the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF), Audubon New York, Ducks Unlimited and Izaak Walton League.