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EPA OFFICIAL WILL TOUR POLYMER PLANT

A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official said Tuesday he plans to tour the Polymer Applications Inc. site at 3445 River Road in the Town of Tonawanda later this week.

Dwayne Harrington, an environmental scientist with the EPA's Emergency and Remedial Response Division, said he would investigate conditions at the plant to help alleviate concerns about what is being stored there.

Tonawanda Supervisor Ronald H. Moline requested an EPA investigation of the chemical-manufacturing plant after about 200 unlabeled drums were discovered inside the facility during a minor fire June 18.

Moline complained the drums contained chemicals that were not registered with the town's public safety communications center -- a requirement of federal law.

State Department of Environmental Conservation officials who were on the scene after the fire said they were reluctant to order the drums removed because they appeared to contain chemicals defined as raw materials, or product, which do not require a DEC permit for storage.

Officials, however, confirmed DEC investigators are conducting an inventory at the plant to determine what is being stored there.

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