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CWM AGREES TO EXTENSION OF BAN ON INCINERATOR UNTIL 2008

CWM Chemical Services and its parent firm, Waste Management Inc., agreed Monday to local residents' demands for a five-year extension of the company's self-imposed ban on applying for state permission to build a hazardous waste incinerator.

The original agreement banned an incinerator application until 2003. That will now extend to 2008. In exchange, the Citizens Advisory Committee set up under a 1993 host community agreement will not oppose CWM's application to increase the height of its 47-acre hazardous waste landfill to 120 feet above ground level from 80 feet.

"I'm extremely pleased they've reached this conclusion," said Citizens Advisory Committee Chairman Nils Olsen of Youngstown.

The agreement has not been signed by any of the parties yet. Olsen said the Lewiston and Porter town boards, the Niagara County Legislature, and Residents Organized for Lewiston's Environment must all ratify the deal.

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