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January 23, 2007

Albany--  Clean up work has finally begun at a lead-contaminated site owned by the city of Albany. The work will cost taxpayers thousands less than originally anticipated.

A crew from Tallahassee started clearing out the site of an old radiator shop on East Broad Avenue last week. On Wednesday they'll begin digging up contaminated soil. The city took over ownership of the property in 2002.

Last year, the EPD told the city to clean it up by February 15th or face big fines. City commissioners voted to use $750,000 in SPLOST money for the cleanup. City Manager Alfred Lott says the final cost is actually $469,000 and the lead removal should be a simple process.

"Of course there will have to be some testing during the process of the removal and also after we remove the soil but we expect the results to be favorable because we've done our homework," said Lott.

Work should be complete by the end of the month. Lott says a final report must be submitted to the EPD by March.

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