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Former Cerro Wire site removed from hazardous list.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has officially removed the old Cerro Wire site in Syosset on Robbins Lane from its list of inactive hazardous waste sites following a cleanup effort that removed industrial contaminants from the 39 acre industrially zoned site.

The decision was marked by a gathering of public and community leaders at the site adjacent to the Long Island Expressway. Among those attending were Ray Cowen, Regional Director of the DEC, and representatives of Nassau County Executive Thomas Gulotta, Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Lewis Yevoli and members of the Oyster Bay Town Board.

John Quinn, corporate representative of Tribune Company, owners of the property, hailed the move as "proof positive that government and business can work together to improve the region's environment."

Since assuming ownership of the former Cerro Wire site, Tribune Company has assumed a leadership role in eliminating the environmental problems' that lingered on the site from its prior use.

Quinn noted, "We applaud the DEC for creating thorough and meticulous guidelines that allowed the business sector to solve the problems on this site and permit us to recycle our property under town zoning regulations."

Cowen said, "It is a priority with the Department to clean up and return industrial !and to productive use. I am very pleased to have been able to shepherd the Cerro property through the process, leading to its de-listing from the.registry of inactive hazardous waste sites, and I look forward to the day when this property is back in productive use."

Cerro Wire and Cable Company built its metal manufacturing facility in the early 1950s, creating electrical conduit, hot-rolled copper rod and steel strip. The site was never on the list of Superfund sites, but DEC reported that waste water generated during the manufacturing process was treated on-site and then discharged to three on-site recharge basins. This waste, coupled with non-hazardous metal hydroxide generated during the manufacturing process, led the DEC to declare the property "an in-active hazardous waste site."

Cerro terminated its activities on the property in 1986 and removed the metal hydroxide left on the site shortly after they ceased operations.

Tribune Company purchased the site in 1990 with the intent of building a Long Island printing facility for Tribune Company's newspaper, The New York Daily News. When The Daily News was sold, any further plans to use the site as an industrial facility were dropped.

Quinn noted, "Whatever is ultimately approved for the property, we recognize that our project must address the issues raised by the community following on-going discussions with residents and neighbors. We fully intend to continue our open and construtive dialogue with the community as this process moves forward in order to develop a compatible use of the site."

Stephen Hess, past president of the Association for a Better Long Island, praised the de-listing announcement noting, "With aging industrial sites targeted for re-use throughout the region, this type Of success story points the way to how it can be done. It reminds us that Long Island can be reinvented as the last of our major defense manufacturing firms leave the region and their empty factory floors are turned into technology incubators."
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Title Annotation:property located in Nassau County, New York approved to be removed from list of hazardous waste sites by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Date:Mar 23, 1994
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