A new agreement in New York State, between state agencies and municipalities in Orleans and Niagara counties will promote the redevelopment of dozens of potentially contaminated properties in the two counties.


The agreement allows entities such as cities, counties, and land banks to foreclose or take title of properties that are contaminated or potentially contaminated without becoming immediately liable for the contamination or past cleanup costs expended by the Spill Fund or DEC.

In addition, the agreement provides a mechanism for sharing future sale proceeds from properties to help recover past costs incurred by the state for the cleanup of contamination.

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