Collins letter calls for EPA to sell Holley houses

The Batavia Daily News, April 30, 2014

HOLLEY — U.S. Rep. Chris Collins, R-Clarence, sent a letter Tuesday urging the Environmental Protection Agency to “take immediate action regarding” a group of eight EPA-owned houses near the former Diaz Chemical site.

In a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, Collins followed up on discussions village and county officials had with the congressman’s staff following a tour of community last week.

Village officials have called on the EPA to sell the properties, which were purchased by the federal agency in 2005 following a settlement with homeowners relocated following the 2002 release of hazardous chemicals into the soil and air at the now vacant Diaz site.

The EPA confirmed last year that any immediate risks to public health and safety had been eliminated from the Diaz 8, which Region Two Administrator Judith Enck said in a letter to state Sen. George Maziarz would be sold and returned to the tax rolls in 2014.

“With the spring of 2014 upon us, I would like to request the EPA take swift action in addressing the concerns of the Village of Holley and place the suitable properties up for sale,” Collins wrote. “This action is in the best inerest of the Village of Holley, the EPA and the taxpayers.”

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