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Wheatfield will put fence around toxic landfill on Nash Road

The Wheatfield Town Board has hired a company to install a 6-foot-high chain-link fence around the former Niagara Sanitation landfill off Nash Road.

Dozens of current and former Wheatfield and North Tonawanda residents who live nearby have sued the town over the landfill. They contend that they have suffered health problems caused by toxic chemicals, possibly including waste from Love Canal.

Surface soil tests by the state Department of Environmental Conservation showed no evidence of waste migration, but subsurface and groundwater tests are planned.

The 3,800-foot fence, to be installed by New York State Fence of Hilton, will cost $106,800 and will be completed by the end of the year, Town Clerk Kathleen M. Harrington-McDonell said. A state grant will cover $75,000 of the cost.

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