It is time, once again, for concerned citizens to act to protect our region.
Last year, a bill was introduced in the State Senate and Assembly to protect the Great Lakes. It stated that no licenses could be granted for any commercial toxic waste landfill facilities that have potential to leak into the Great Lakes.
There is a toxic landfill application pending in Niagara County (CWM looks to expand its landfill in Porter).
This legislation passed virtually unanimously in the Senate and Assembly last year. Sadly, Gov. Pataki vetoed it, despite huge support for the law from citizens, newspapers and many groups. We are very grateful to State Sen. George Maziarz and Assemblywoman Francine Del-Monte for their effort on this legislation. We continue to believe that the Great Lakes Hazardous Waste Bill is the most effective legislation for our community and the state.
Now we have a new governor, who we think may sign this law and protect us. The Great Lakes is a tremendous asset for our region and, in fact, for the world, with 20 percent of the fresh surface water on the globe located here.
The bill has been reintroduced in the Assembly as Bill Number 248 by Assemblywoman DelMonte. But it has not yet been reintroduced in the Senate.
Sen. Maziarz has introduced Bill Number 2726, which does not provide the protection of last year's bill or strengthen existing law.
We need Sen. Maziarz to withdraw Bill 2726, and we need to give him the support and courage to reintroduce Bill 248 in the Senate.
Phone Sen. Maziarz today. Ask him to withdraw 2726, introduce 248 and then work hard to get it passed. He can do that for us, if he knows that's what we want and need. You can call him at 731-8740 or, in Albany, at (518) 455-2024.
President, Residents for Responsible Government Inc.