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Residents voice their concerns about Onondaga Lake cleanup project

State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry professor Lee Newman questioned officials about the material of the geotextile tubes, and said the material is known for deteriorating if it comes into contact with direct sunlight. She questioned its safety and reliability.

DEC officials assured attendees that the project was safe, and that the materials being used in the dredging and capping process are also safe. None of the lake contaminants will ever come into contact with the air, officials said.

Although Newman, 54, of Camillus, raised a number of questions to DEC officials, she said she does appreciate how hard they have been working on the cleanup project. She also said it is important for residents to know what’s going on with the project, especially those who live close to the lake.

“As a community member, I can’t say that I’m overly thrilled with having a landfill full of this crap in my community, but you don’t necessarily want it in the lake either,” Newman said. “There’s not a good solution no matter what you do with it.”

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