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January 15, 2013

CWM'S DEC permit renewal effort draws criticism, praise

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Niagara Gazette — “You’re not going to put a shopping mall, you’re not going to put an orchard in there, you’re not going to put in hotels, motels, whatever,” Klettke said. “You might as well utilize that land with proper land practice and utilize that land for land-filling activities.”

Klettke declined to say which company he worked for, but said that it was not CWM Services.

Amy Hope Witryol, a former state senatorial candidate who has monitored the activities of CWM Services for more than a decade, read off a list of environmental concerns during the hearing, but also questioned how much economic value the company creates for the county.

She said while the company does pay a substantial amount in taxes, that contribution is far outweighed by the depression in real estate values caused by the presence of a hazardous waste site.

“We are the largest destination of toxic waste which is one of the key reasons that we are not the largest destination for industry or jobs,” Witryol said.

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