MASSENA, N.Y. (AP) - Mohawk Indians who live next to an old, polluted General Motors plant on the St. Lawrence River in northern New York want the cleanup to include removal of a 12-acre toxic landfill. Residents of the Akwesasne (AHG-weh-SAUCE-knee) reservation are not satisfied with Superfund cleanup plans that would leave the PCB-contaminated landfill in place, capped.
PCBs are considered a probable human carcinogen. Tons of contaminated sludge and river sediment have already been removed from the 270-acre site on the U.S.-Canadian border and federal officials say the immediate health and environmental hazards are gone.
Larry Thompson faces criminal charges for starting to dig up the landfill last summer with his backhoe. He says the post-bankruptcy GM posted record $7.6 billion profits last year and should be responsible for the full cleanup.
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