PLEX neighborhood concerned about contaminated site cleanup

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - A neighborhood group in Rochester fears the worst when it comes to cleaning up an old oil refinery.

The former Vacuum Oil Refinery site is located on the corner of Flint Street and Exchange Street in Rochester. 

It's been vacant for decades. 

The state's recommending the highest level of cleanup, but some fear it will get far less. 

It's an old abandoned building, embellished with graffiti, windows gone. For the Plymouth Exchange, or PLEX neighborhood, it's an eyesore. But that isn't the only problem.

"They have left a contaminated waste site here for the last century," said Jacob Deyo, PLEX association member. 

Deyo's group wants the old Vacuum Oil Refinery site cleaned up. But it's not easy, or cheap.

The land is split between Exxon Mobile, the City of Rochester, Foodlink and the developer, DHD Ventures. 

Each party has their own plot to clean.

Last year, the state came in and suggested a Tier 1 cleanup, the most comprehensive. 

Deyo is worried the site will instead get something less. 

"Tier 4 cleanup method basically involves cleaning up some of the hot spots and then capping over this whole thing with concrete," Deyo said. 

The PLEX group wants a Tier 1 cleanup, arguing the more clean the land, the more you can put on it. 

The more you can put on it, the more positive the impact. 

"So the space can be used for multiple purposes," said Deyo. "To protect not only the people that live in this neighborhood but the river and downstream to Lake Ontario from having future contamination washed down the stream."

News 8 still has yet to confirm which level of cleanup each group plans to undertake, but it will have a domino affect. 

PLEX plans to speak out on Thursday at 4:30 at a press conference held at the site. 

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