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Trust fund established to clean up old GM sites

The Obama administration says a $773 million trust has been established to clean up dozens of former General Motors sites in 14 states left shuttered by the auto giant’s bankruptcy.

The former manufacturing site in Massena, St. Lawrence County, will receive about $120 million of that total, said Yancey Roy, a spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Conservation. A site in Syracuse will receive about $33 million. No money was earmarked for the Tonawanda Landfill, but there no state expense is projected, Roy said. The landfill is already capped.

The trust fund was proposed in May and will come from more than $1 billion provided by the Treasury Department to wind down the “bad” assets of GM set aside in the company’s 2009 bankruptcy.

About two-thirds of the auto sites contain hazardous waste and will require an extensive cleanup.

About half of the sites covered by the trust fund are in Michigan. Others are located in Ohio and Indiana

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