Niagara Gazette

May 7, 2014

Public comments sought on CWM expansion

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has opened the public comment period on the proposed expansion of Chemical Waste Management’s hazardous waste dump in the towns of Lewiston and Porter.

The company is seeking to open a second landfill on its 710-acre site. The first landfill is nearing capacity and so the company is seeking to create more room and continue taking hazardous and non-hazardous waste materials.

“In the coming weeks, DEC will hold a public comment hearing on CWM’s draft permit for its proposed facility,” DEC Regional Director Abby Snyder said in a press release circulated Monday. “DEC will carefully consider all comments before making a final decision on the draft permit.”

The opening of the 60-day comment period marks the DEC’s declaration of the company’s application as complete. The applications are available on the DEC website and can be found in hard copy at the DEC offices in Buffalo and Albany, the Youngstown Free Library and Porter Town Hall.

The governor will next appoint a facility siting board to determine whether the state will grant an application for a certificate of environmental safety and public necessity. They also may deny the application outright or grant it subject to modifications, according to the press release.

The public will have an opportunity to comment through July 7 and can submit comments by email to or by mail to: 

James T. McClymonds, 

Chief Administrative Law Judge

NYSDEC Offive of Hearings and Mediation Services

625 Broadway, 1st Floor

Albany, N.Y. 12233-1550