Updated 09/13/2012 03:41 PM
DEC holds closed door meeting with residents
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WATERTOWN, N.Y. -- DEC officials met with residents of Watertown's north side to discuss their concerns over contamination from the old New York Air Brake site.
The meeting was held behind closed doors Thursday and everyone was extremely tight-lipped after it was over.
Those living on the north side are concerned about chemical waste from the landfill and ponds behind the former Air Brake site that had been seeping into their neighborhood for years, causing health problems and neurological disorders.
The DEC has repeatedly said that the cleanup efforts were finished years ago and of the 51 houses in the area tested, only one needed mitigation and that is going very well.
The only update we received after Thursday's meeting was that both sides learned a lot and another meeting to discuss concerns will be held in the near future.
"It's all in the preliminary stages, but it was a big step today. They met with us and we're going to have another meeting to see where we're going in the future. It doesn't matter what happened in the past, it's where we're going from here. That's all that really matters," William Wise said.
North siders say they still are working with famed environmentalist Erin Brokovich's team and are hopeful that relationship gets them more answers.