2012-01-19 / Community Bulletin Board

W. Pa. Industrial Site Leaking For Decades

By Kevin Begos

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Environmental groups say that a waste dump has been leaking into the Allegheny River for 40 years, with a toxic mix as potent as ammonia. Now, they're preparing to sue to force a cleanup.

In the early 1900s, the Pittsburgh Plate Glass factory at Ford City about 40 miles northeast of Pittsburgh was the largest of its kind. The plant built a pipeline under the river to transport wastes to the dump.

The plant closed in 1992, but the waste remained.

PennEnvironment and a local chapter of the Sierra Club say PPG was first ordered to clean up the waste in 1971 but has failed to do so.

PPG says the criticism is without merit, and that it's working with state environmental regulators on a cleanup plan.

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