Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Century old gas plant left a tainted legacy in Adirondacks

October 27, 2008 - The state Department of Environmental Conservation is investigating a site on Payeville Road for century-old environmental contamination that spreads down Brandy Brook into Lake Flower, which is the village of Saranac Lake's emergency water source.

The one-acre Payeville Road site was once home to the Saranac Lake Gas Company and is one of hundreds of former manufactured gas plants across the state being investigated by the DEC for possible environmental contamination.

From the late 1800s to about the 1940s, the plant used coal to manufacture light gas for the village of Saranac Lake.

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