The temporary fabric building erected on the cleanup site of the old Penn Yan gas house on Water Street has gathered a lot of public attention. Partially built on a temporary breakwall of sheet pilings in the Keuka Lake Outlet, the fabric structure will provide space for the drying of contaminated sediment dredged from the Outlet.

John Carroll, Media Relations Officer for NYSEG, says the structure will remain there until 2017. The project will continue into 2018. Carroll says the excavation of old manufactured gas plants like this can also release odors like freshly spread asphalt. The tent will have air-handling and filtration systems to reduce any annoyance to the neighbors.

Carroll says once the excavated materials have been treated and dried, the remaining soils will be removed by truck to a certified landfill site.