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An unspecified number of landowners have offered to sell their land to the state for use as a radioactive dump site, but officials said Wednesday names would be withheld unless the sites were chosen as a final candidate.

In response to a lawsuit filed Tuesday by an Allegany County citizens group asking for information, Douglas Eldridge, attorney for the Low-Level Waste Siting Commission, said names could not be revealed because landowners feared reprisals from their neighbors.

The commission has been authorized to evaluate and select a site to be the repository of low-level radioactive wastes generated in New York. The commission late last year selected 10 sites in 10 upstate counties, including Allegany, which are being considered, and plan to narrow the field to eight in September, and a final four by late this year.

David Seeger, a Buffalo attorney representing the Concerned Citizens of Allegany County, said the lawsuit seeks landowners' names so the group can study the suitability of the land.

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