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Niagara County agrees to DEC order for $4.5 million in landfill repairs

Niagara County officials have agreed to make an estimated $4.5 million in repairs to a long-closed Lockport landfill as part of a consent agreement with the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

The 20-acre landfill, called Landfill 1, operated from 1969 to 1983 and holds about 700,000 tons of municipal and commercial waste. It's one of three closed landfills the county owns off the Lockport Bypass.

This year, the county intends to install two 10,000-gallon leachate collection tanks and a monitoring well to check for off-site leaks, said Dawn M. Timm, the county's environmental science coordinator. In 2019, the landfill's deteriorating clay cap will be replaced with "ClosureTurf," a membrane about 1/8-inch thick.

The county is eligible to apply for a state grant that could reimburse as much as half the cost of the repair project, Timm said.

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