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Greenville residents demand clean up

GREENVILLE, Pennsylvania - Greenville residents say it looks like a bomb was dropped in the middle of their town.

The Mercer County community wants the company that owns 34 acres of old contaminated industrial land to finally clean it up.

Trinity Industries used to have a big factory in Greenville that made train cars. But now, for over a decade the land has looked a mess and it's covered with contaminated soil.

Resident Joel McDowell says, "It just looks like a desolate area; nothing happening there, weeds and broken down fence around there. It's just bad just, looks bad."

Residents held a speed-up the clean-up meeting Thursday night at Thiel College to try to better organize themselves.

They want to make sure the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection forces Trinity to clean up the site as soon as possible.

Chamber of commerce member Fred Kiser says, "I know in 2006 there was legal action. There were fines. Six years have gone by and it's still not cleaned up."

Texas based Trinity came out of a plea deal in 2006 for illegally disposing contaminants on the property. As part of the deal, they paid a fine and were supposed to clean it up, but they haven't.

Now residents are banding together to prepare for a meeting next Tuesday being held by Trinity where they hope the company will outline clean up plans.

Chamber of commerce officials say investors have shown interest in developing the property once it is cleaned up.

"Everything from a BMX indoor bicycle facility to a gentleman that wanted to put some shops or whatever in there. There's been a lot of other talk about it as well, " Kiser said.

The Trinity meeting will be held at Greenville High School on Tuesday, February 28th at 6:30 p.m.

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