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Public hearings have been scheduled for April 13 by the state Department of Environmental Conservation on the controversial plan for a Blasdell solid waste transfer station.

The DEC decided to hold the hearings after receiving close to 200 letters concerning the project, the majority of them from people opposed to it.

Hearings are scheduled at 2 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. April 13 at the Newton-Abbott Fire Department hall, 3426 Abbott Road, Blasdell.

The hearings will concern whether Blasdell Development Group should be granted a permit to construct a 14,000-square-foot building and operate a 1,000-ton per day transfer station on the east side of Jeffrey Boulevard.

The project has the support of the Blasdell Village Board, which has determined it would not pose significant environmental problems.

However, it also faces significant opposition, including the Hamburg Town Board and a number of residents who oppose it.

An attempt to halt the project on the grounds the lease issued by the village was illegal was rejected last month in state Supreme Court.

Interested parties are invited to speak at either hearing or submit comments in writing, according to Steven J. Doleski, regional permit administrator for the DEC.

In addition to the hearings April 13, an issues conference will be conducted at 10 a.m. April 14 at the fire hall. The issues conference is more of a legal proceeding with participation requiring prior approval from the administrative law judge involved.

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