Erie County environmental officials will meet June 13 in Albany with their state counterparts to discuss a proposed system for establishing priorities in allocating money for cleaning up toxic waste sites.
The only hearing in Western New York will be 1 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday in the Monroe County Cooperative Extension Service Center, 246 Highland Ave., Rochester.
Edward O. Sullivan, deputy commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, said he had arranged the session after county officials criticized the DEC for not holding a hearing on the ranking system in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls area.
Michael Raab, deputy commissioner of the county's Department of Environment and Planning, said he will attend the session in Albany to discuss the county's concerns as well as how a county program of ranking sites for cleanup can be coordinated with the state.
Sullivan said groups and individuals can register their concerns or ask questions about the priority ranking system by calling a toll free number 1-800-342-9296.
A number of groups, including the Ecumenical Task Force of the Niagara Frontier, voiced concern that with 250 toxic dumps in the Erie and Niagara region, the DEC should have held a session in the area. A task force spokeswoman said they had called the number but had gotten no response.