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DEC meeting to focus on hazardous waste site

NIAGARA FALLS - Plans for removal of hazardous waste from the Tract II site on Highland Avenue will be discussed by state Department of Environmental Conservation officials at a public meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 2 in the Doris Jones Family Resource Center, 3001 Ninth St.
Brightfield Corp., owned by Jon Williams, bought the 18-acre property from the City of Niagara Falls for $1 earlier this year and is to begin to demolish the former Power City Warehouse on the adjacent 5-acre Tract I in October, along with an underground garage and additional buildings on Tract II.
Next spring, contaminated soil and fill, up to nine feet thick, is to be dug out of the eastern portion of Tract II and treated on-site.
It will then be buried beneath one to two feet of clean soil.
Radioactive slag, similar to that found in the bed of Lewiston Road in Niagara Falls, also has been located at Tract II.
It will be removed only if it is exposed during the excavation of the industrial waste, because the state Health Department has concluded the slag poses no public health risk.
A former owner of Tract II, Honeywell International, has agreed to pay for the estimated $6 million cleanup.