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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Albany City Manager James Taylor will develop a written plan about how to pay for cleanup the federal government says must be done at an old manufacturing gas plant.

Taylor says he'll be in touch with Water, Gas and Light officials about funding soon.

WG&L wants to split the cost with the city.

Taylor says the city won't pay the initial cost of $750,000 dollars to get the work started.

He says he'll work to come up with a plan that's in the best interest of the people of Albany.

"The issue of who pays, it doesn't matter because at any rate the lien will be against the city or the cost will be against the city and Water, Gas and Light is an entity of the city and they can pay. Anything they don't pay, we'll be stuck with paying. We're going to do what's in the best interest of the citizens of the city," said City Manager James Taylor.

If the city doesn't start cleanup work by March, it could get steep fines from the Environmental Protection Agency.

 

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