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June 27, 2014

CWM: Landfill siting board to meet next week.

Niagara Gazette — The facility siting board that will review CWM Chemical Services, LLC’s application to build and operate a new hazardous waste landfill in the Town of Porter will hold an organizational business meeting next week. 

An advisory posted to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's website indicates that siting board members will gather at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, at the Youngstown Free Library, 240 Lockport St.

According to the notice, the meeting is being held to "address matters relating to the organization of the board." The notice indicates that the meeting will be open to the public.

In May, Gov. Andrew Cuomo named three members to the facility siting board, including former Niagara County lawmaker and Lewiston resident Lee Simonson, local business consultant and Niagara USA Chamber of Commerce Chairman John Benoit and A. Scott Weber, senior vice provost for academic affairs at the University of Buffalo. 

The board is charged with the task of reviewing CWM’s proposal for a new landfill to determine if a certificate of environmental safety and public necessity for the proposed project should be granted with conditions or denied. 

In general, the facility siting board must consider several criteria related to CWM’s proposed project including: health and safety of adjacent populations; impacts upon water supplies, air, and groundwater resources; and the need for the facility.

A decision granting, conditioning or denying a siting certificate for the proposed project is expected to be issued in late 2015. 

A hearing on the applications for DEC permits and a siting certificate that CWM has submitted to construct and operate its new RMU-2 landfill is set for July 16 at Lewiston Porter High School. 

The DEC, in conjunction with the facility siting board, will accept public comments on the proposed landfill during the hearing. 

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