December 27, 2008 - Contact lens maker CooperVision is in the midst of a third round of environmental tests near its plant in the village of Scottsville, trying to track vapors from industrial solvents that spilled or leaked over the years at the manufacturing facility.
State environmental officials said the next step will be indoor air testing at apartments and townhouses just east of the CooperVision facility, to determine if the vapors might be seeping into the buildings from the earth below.
The primary contaminant at the site, 1,1,1-trichloroethane, leaked from storage tanks at the site over a period of years, according to the DEC. The solvent, known as TCA, was used in the manufacture of contact lenses at the Scottsville plant from the mid-1970s through 1993.
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