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CWM handling of PCBs cited

The recent handling of PCBs at Chemical Waste Management was questioned by a concerned citizen at a Town Board meeting Monday night.

Amy H. Witryol presented board members manifest documents from December showing that CWM was taking hazardous-waste sediment -- containing polychlorinated biphenyls -- from General Electric's Hudson River cleanup.

Witryol, a former member of the CWM Citizen Advisory Committee, said CWM swore during hearings that it was not going to take the controversial waste from the Hudson.

"It's just a small amount of sediment, but it's troubling that CWM either didn't know it was taking the waste or lied and didn't tell us," Witryol said.

CWM does a very dangerous job, Witryol said, and she finds it troubling that something such as this would "slip through the cracks."

Witryol called the two December shipments, totaling 27 tons, "small" in the overall cleanup of 190,000 tons that have been shipped elsewhere.

Supervisor Steven L. Reiter directed Deputy Supervisor Gary W. Catlin, who heads the CWM Citizen Advisory Committee, to look into the matter.

e-mail: nfischer@buffnews.com

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