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Unless CWM landfill is shut, we all lose

Come on people, it is time to stand up and hold the DEC and EPA to what their titles say: protect our environment.

Do not let the waste industry (CWM) and Albany dictate to us that we have to accept hazardous waste in our county. What happened to the equitable distribution siting court decision of the 1980s? Enough is enough.

There are alternative ways to handle the waste on site, using technologies like thermal desorption, not truck it over our highways and bury it in CWM's landfill. We have accepted more than our fair share. These landfills are being overloaded right next to our children's school.

I am a victim of going to 99th Street School, in Love Canal, and now have multiple sclerosis. Since I was the only one of four children in the family the right age to be bused to 99th Street School, and the only one in the family to have MS. Is this what we want for our children or grandchildren? No. So please start putting the heat on the DEC and our state government to close down CWM and refuse to settle for less.

Now our state and county want to promote tourism and Greenway projects. How can they expect the tourists to come here when our waterways and land are being polluted by all these chemicals? This also applies to the wildlife and fishing enthusiasts. We have lost our pristine landscape and Great Lakes and rivers to fish in. This all is a terrible travesty. Remember, "United we stand, divided we fall." So stop landfilling waste and start cleaning up our environment for future generations.

Sandra E. Jackson



Hazardous waste storage a crime

With regards to your recent letters concerning the cancer incidence in Niagara County and the proposed CWM expansion: The current issue of expanding hazardous waste storage is based on the precedent set by the Lake Ontario Ordinance Works (LOOW).

From a historical perspective, Niagara County and its residents have been subjected to the ill effects of hazardous waste materials generated and stored at the LOOW dating back to the 1940s. As noted, the federal government has been blocking the timely release of pertinent information regarding the LOOW and materials made and stored there -- and now we are being told that we must accept more hazardous chemicals being stored in our community.

If I understand the issue correctly, we can't even get timely, detailed, relevant information on hazardous materials and operations stored in our county since the 1940s -- but we are to trust the recommendations made by additional government agencies with regard to the transportation and "storage" of current and future hazardous materials in our county.

The historical precedent that Niagara County and its residents can be subjected to the multiple ill effects of stored hazardous materials while intentionally being kept ignorant of the very nature of those materials and operations is, by itself, outrageous. That this precedent is allowed to continue through the "storage" of additional hazardous materials (as recommended by the DEC) constitutes nothing short of a crime against humanity.

Bryan Fowler



District must stay under local control

Recent news articles have reported that Niagara County is claiming oversight and control of the Niagara County Sewer District, after 37 years of effective and efficient operations under the supervision of the respective town governments served by it. The old saying, if it isn't broke don't fix it, may apply here.

The Niagara County Sewer District is owned and paid for by the residents and businesses of the towns of Cambria, Lewiston, Niagara, Lockport, Pendleton and Wheatfield, and it has been managed jointly by the respective town supervisors of these six towns since its creation by the County Legislature in 1971. The residents and businesses of these towns are the direct users of the services and directly impacted by its operation. No other city, town or village has such a direct financial interest in it.

I believe that the residents and businesses of each town will be best served by keeping the management of this vital service at the town level, where supervisors are directly accountable and responsive to the customers that rely on it in everyday life.

Town government generally is efficiently operated and accountable to its constituents in a fiscally sound manner. I have the pleasure of knowing several town supervisors professionally and find them to be fiscally conservative and efficient managers who are responsive to their taxpayers. I encourage all residents and businesses served by the Niagara County Sewer District to support the continued oversight and control of the district by the respective supervisors of Cambria, Lewiston, Niagara, Lockport, Pendleton and Wheatfield in order to maintain a high level of service in a cost effective manner that maintains local accountability.

Patrick Brown

Town of Niagara

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