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NISKAYUNA: KAPL cleanup faces delay

For decades, the landfill has been home to at least 200 drums of toxic and hazardous waste according to Robert Stater, a vocal critic of the research lab's environmental record.

"I think there's a lot of hanky panky on the landfill," said Stater, a 33-year veteran KAPL employee who left the research lab after "becoming disgusted" with its environmental record.

"They are only looking at cleaning up about three acres out of the site, that's just a small fraction of the landfill," he added. "Even back in the 1980s the landfill was a cesspool of radioactive waste, and there is still plenty of it in there. If it had been stored properly years ago, the whole thing would have become part of the federal Superfund program that cleans up hazardous waste dumps, and we wouldn't be facing this problem today."

No firm deadline has been set for the federal government to make a final decision on the extent of the landfill and SPRU building cleanup. ""

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