The Buffalo News

DEC to discuss toxic waste survey

By Mark Ciemcioch

NORTHTOWNS CORRESPONDENT

Updated: 05/08/07 7:01 AM

The results of a radioactivity survey around a neighborhood in the City of Tonawanda will be revealed today during a public meeting hosted by the state Department of Environmental Conservation in Tonawanda High School.

Homes around the Hackett Drive area of the city were surveyed recently because of their proximity to a Town of Tonawanda landfill, which has elevated levels of radioactive waste, including uranium, thorium and radium. Another area around nearby Riverview Elementary School was surveyed as well.

At the meeting, the DEC will discuss the radiological survey of adjacent residential properties and Riverview Elementary School, as well as answer any other concerns from the audience. The meeting is set to begin at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

Officials involved in the situation have endured a public relations nightmare after a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official said in February it was not safe for anybody to be on the landfill for more than two hours every week. With their properties adjacent to the landfill, many City of Tonawanda residents in the neighborhood were angry and have continually petitioned the DEC, Corps of Engineers and elected federal representatives to transfer all the radioactive waste out of the landfill.

However, the Corps of Engineers has proposed a site plan that recommends that no further cleanup of the landfill is necessary. Residents around the area, as well as city and town officials, are continuing to lobby federal officials for a full cleanup.

Copyright 2007 The Buffalo News.

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