An IBM manufacturing plant in the Southern Tier of Upstate New York has long drawn scrutiny due to pollution concerns. For decades, the plant seeped industrial solvents into the ground, affecting nearby residents and workers alike.
A recent article in the Poughkeepsie Journal reports that pollution remains a problem for more than 1,500 employees who still work at the plant. A decades-long cleanup effort has removed more than 70,000 gallons of toxic chemicals from the ground, alleviating the exposure of residential neighborhoods. However, officials from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation report that an underground pool of concentrated solvents remains below the plant site.