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Hagerstown buys toxic plant, will demolish

(AP) The city of Hagerstown is going ahead with a plan to clean up and demolish an old electrical plant tainted with toxic chemicals on the bank of Antietam Creek. The Herald-Mail reported that the City Council unanimously approved a deal Tuesday with the owner of the former Municipal Electric Light Plant. The city will pay the Partners Marketing group $650,000. The sum includes $400,000 to buy the 86-year-old building and $250,000 to help cover the costs of removing toxic PCBs and asbestos. The group bought the building from its previous owner for a dollar in 1994. Mayor David Gysberts said the building has been a public safety hazard and environmental threat for decades. It ceased continuous operations in 1972.