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January 25, 2013

Residents seek end to waste hauling


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As a member of RRG and other community action groups, Timothy Henderson has fought to prevent incinerators from being installed at CWM's landfill and to prevent more waste from being trucked into Niagara County from other states and countries.

Henderson compared the group's battle with the company to a boxing match saying they were now "in the 15th round".

"The only way to eliminate this constant threat is to close CWM," Henderson said.

April Fidelli, president of RRG, said the company often responds to criticism by pointing to safety records and the permits it has with DEC.

"Even with the best efforts by CWM, the trucks are still very dangerous and have huge environmental risks," Fidelli said.

As she stood on stage in the school auditorium, Fidelli noted that trucks filled with hazardous waste frequently roll by the Lewiston-Porter School District campus.

"Hazardous waste trucks mixed with school buses, minivans and drivers just learning to drive does not create a safe environment," Fidelli said.

Fidelli also cited a 2008 accident in which a truck carrying hazardous waste - waste that included harmful polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs - tipped over at the corner of Creek and Balmer roads, spilling its contents just down the street from the school district's campus.

"We know these trucks leave PCBs on the road, they are unsafe and they cause accidents," Fidelli said. "This is the most important reason to stop CWM trucks forever."

The group's campaign goal is to stop the expansion and the trucks, Fidelli said.

"The bottom line is if CWM is gone, the trucks will be gone," Fidelli said.

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