Chemical cleanup planned at old central Indiana factory

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Plans are being made to clean up decades-old chemical contamination at the central Indiana site of a former auto parts plant.

The trust created to clean up and sell former General Motors properties has set aside about $7 million for the work at the Kokomo factory where GM Delco circuit boards were made until the early 1990s.

Cleanup manager Bob Hare tells the Kokomo Tribune that the project will bring the property up to environmental standards for industrial uses.

The site north of the city's downtown had various factories from 1915 before the Delco plant was torn down in 1993. Officials say the soil is contaminated with now-banned carcinogenic chemicals such as those used in solvents.

The cleanup work is expected to start next spring.

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