NORWAY – A public hearing Thursday will reveal test results for possible environmental hazards at the former corn cannery at 61 Lake Road.

Early indications show there may be no significant hazards found in the groundwater and soil, according to Janet Pelletier of the Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments.

Campbell Environmental Group of Falmouth conducted the field work and testing.

Norway received a federal Environmental Protection Agency grant in 2005 for the two-stage testing. The first stage included a historical and records review of the property to determine what activities occurred there that could cause environmental damage or pollution.

The former corn-canning factory is on 2.5 acres between Route 118 and Lake Pennesseewassee just west of the downtown business district. It operated from 1881 to the 1950s when the industry left Maine for the West where more efficient canning methods were utilized.

The main building burned in 1962, was rebuilt the next year and used as a warehouse for Central Maine Power Co. and a vehicle fueling station for the Region 11 vocational school.

The property is owned by Norway businessman John Longley.

The hearing is at 7 p.m. in the Norway town office on Danforth Street.

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