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Assemblywoman DelMonte on the DEC's Hazardous Waste Facility Siting Plan
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A statement from New York State Assemblywoman Francine DelMonte (District 138):

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. -- “I have mixed emotions about the recent final siting plan released by the Department of Environmental Conservation. While I am pleased the DEC’s principle finding reinforces my position and that of many local residents that there is no need for additional hazardous waste management facilities or expanded hazardous waste capacity in Niagara County or New York State, I am disappointed that the plan fails to give any potential Siting Board meaningful guidance on the question of equitable distribution.

The DEC has consistently failed to differentiate between the types of hazardous waste facilities. When viewing the number, type, and size of hazardous waste facilities across the state, it is easy to see that Niagara County is being treated as a dumping ground for hazardous materials.

I believe the DEC has consistently failed to adequately address the topic of equitable distribution of hazardous waste facilities, and has continually refused to address the difference between waste being treated or transferred to waste being landfilled forever in Niagara County. Niagara County is clearly burdened by a facility which discharges wastewater into the Niagara River and leaks PCB’s into our environment.”

Assemblywoman DelMonte has been a leader in the fight against the landfill expansion of the Chemical Waste Management site in the Town of Porter. 

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