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Post date: May 6 2002

Statement By Attorney General Eliot Spitzer On State Land Acquisition In Sterling Forest

Last April I announced the settlement of a major environmental investigation by my office in which Philip Metals, Inc. and Telesector Resource Group paid a combined $3.75 million to resolve the case. The investigation resulted in a criminal plea by Philip Metals and a civil settlement with Telesector. The two companies had been engaged in recycling copper cables at a facility in Orangetown, Rockland County, using a process that resulted in the unlawful disposal of lead-contaminated waste.

Today, the state has announced the acquisition of 634 acres of land that will expand Sterling Forest State Park in Orange County. This important land acquisition is financed with funds obtained as a result of our investigation and settlement, which required that the money be spent on land preservation for New York State in the mid-Hudson Valley.

The land that the state is purchasing at Indian Hills and Arrow Farm provides a wonderful conservation legacy for the people of the state. This environmental benefit is a fitting resolution to what began as an investigation of violations of environmental law.