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Louis Delmonte, the town supervisor in Sheridan, faces charges for violating state environmental law after he tried demolishing and burying his old garage on site, the state Department of Environmental Conservation reported. The DEC cited Delmonte, who's also the former owner of an automotive repair shop in Sheridan, for illegal disposal of solid waste. A recentl…

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The federal government will remove less Manhattan Project radioactive wastes from a closed Town of Tonawanda landfill than state and local officials wanted. But local officials said this week they're relieved the Army Corps of Engineers plans to do at least something. The Corps says that its  remediation – which includes removing a 5-foot layer of soil — is a co…

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If the Niagara Gorge is going to return to the pristine natural wonder it once was, then there's no room for the Tree-of-Heaven and other invasive trees, state officials say. The trees will be targeted for removal from up to 242 acres along the Niagara Gorge as part of a restoration project by the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the West…

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Two western Niagara County residents have sued the state Department of Environmental Conservation, accusing the agency of allowing CWM Chemical Services to continue treating toxic waste at its Porter landfill even though the site's capacity has been exhausted. CWM, a subsidiary of Waste Management, is seeking state permission to dig a new landfill at its site on Balmer …

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Two Niagara County residents are suing the state Department of Environmental Conservation and CWM Chemical Services and its parent company, Waste Management, in an effort to block the treatment and storage of PCBs and other hazardous waste at CWM's hazardous waste landfill in Lewiston. The lawsuit, brought by Amy Witryol of Lewiston and Thomas Freck of Porter, alleges t…

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A detailed report about the life history, behaviors and ecosystem impacts by four species of the invasive Asian carp was released Monday by the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network. Helen Domske, New York Sea Grant's coastal education specialist at the University at Buffalo, is one of four experts from New York who helped develop the Asian carp education and outreach report. …

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The two Republicans who represent Niagara Falls in the State Legislature recently criticized the Niagara Falls Water Board for not applying for state infrastructure grants, but the board chairman denied the charge. Sen. Robert G. Ortt and Assemblyman Angelo J. Morinello said the board hasn't asked for help from a $2.5 billion state infrastructure fund to address sew…

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Places in Western New York's hills like Chestnut Ridge, Letchworth State Park and Ellicottville are popular spots to pursue the perfect fall image. NASA released its own image of autumn from an even higher elevation at its Earth Observatory and captured all of the Great Lakes at once. The school-bus sized Terra satellite captured the "true-color" fall image on Oct. 2…

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The Seneca Nation's new $3.4 million solar energy array has 5,746 solar panels at its Allegany Territory in Steamburg. The solar array will power Seneca Nation facilities on the Allegany Territory and help cut monthly electrical costs for residents there. In combination with the Nation's new wind turbine in Irving, the Seneca Nation has converted about half of all it…

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Beware: Mother Nature's porch light is on, but she's dishing out tricks. Forecasters project the first cold airmass of the season could stir a chill — and maybe some snowflakes — into the plastic pumpkin pails of Buffalo Niagara's trick-or-treaters on Tuesday. Between here and there, several chilly wet days are in store, according to the National Weather Service.…

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The gales of November came to Lake Superior in late October and shattered the Great Lakes' record book, according to reports from Michigan. Buoy reports showed a wave measuring 28.8 feet was logged Tuesday morning at Munising, Mich. and near Granite Island off Michigan's upper peninsula not far from Marquette, Mich. https://twitter.com/SWPLandTrust/status/92282921516…

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Mayville is renowned for having some of the best tasting drinking water in Chautauqua County. Now, the public water infrastructure that supplies that drinking water to 1,850 residents in Mayville and neighboring portions of Chautauqua is about to get a major upgrade. A water system improvement project calls for finding two new groundwater wells for the village's wate…

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Take a drive from the shores of Lake Ontario to Ellicottville and you'll travel through four climate zones. Add a side trip to Lake Erie, and you're in a fifth zone. Researchers at SUNY Buffalo State looked at elevations and climate data to draw boundaries for these climate zones, and each zone has its own story. “This is our first attempt to weave a story out …

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The state Department of Environmental Conservation will accept public comments on a planned 243-acre expansion of a rock quarry in the Town of Lockport through mid-November. The DEC announced last Thursday it accepted Lafarge North America's completed application of its draft environmental impact statement for project, which involves substantial excavation on a new site…

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Fredonia water customers will need to continue boiling their drinking water until at least Tuesday and possibly longer, the Chautauqua County Health Department reported Monday morning on the state's alert system. A water main break caused the boil-water advisory on Saturday. It affects all water customers of the village water system in Fredonia and nearby town of Po…