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Tonawanda residents fear Amigone crematorium could reopen

Hundreds of Sheridan Drive residents have breathed more easily, thinking they had won their battle to close the Amigone Funeral Home crematorium.

But residents told the Town of Tonawanda Board on Monday that the funeral home is trying to obtain a new permit from the Department of Environmental Conservation to allow it to reopen.

Concerned neighbors held up pictures of black smoke and emissions that coated windows and vehicles and ruined summer picnics with a smell so bad it sickened people.

Neal Hodgson said that the Amigone Funeral Home violated the conditions of their permit from 1991 until the DEC and attorney general's office shut it down.

Supervisor Joseph Emminger said it was a quality-of-life issue and the town would do whatever it can to help the residents.


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