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Article did a disservice to cleanup effort


The North Country Redevelopment Task Force appreciates the openness and transparency of its relationship with the RACER Trust and has full confidence that the trust has both the necessary resources to clean up the former GM Massena property and the wherewithal and commitment to secure new investment and jobs at that site.

It is in the spirit of openness and transparency that M. Brendan Mullen, RACER’s cleanup manager for the property, reported to the task force that the degree of underground contamination is still being quantified, thus making it impossible to say with certainty how much the final remedy will cost. At no time did Mr. Mullen question the sufficiency of RACER’s resources to complete the task, nor is the North Country Redevelopment Task Force concerned that the job will be unfinished.

I was unable to attend the meeting, but I have spoken with fellow task force members and reviewed notes to develop a sense of what was said. It is unfortunate that the Watertown Daily Times chose a sensational and inaccurate headline to call attention to a story that was devoid of context, contained misstatements of facts and does a disservice to the task force, the RACER Trust and all who are working diligently to clean up the former GM property and prepare it for redevelopment and sorely needed new jobs.

Tony Arquiett


The writer is chairman of the North Country Redevelopment Task Force.

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