CURE to meet this week Meeting to focus on Army Corps of Engineers

By Dan Miner/

The Tonawanda News

April 16, 2007

The grassroots City of Tonawanda group CURE (Clean Up Riverview's Environment) has set its next meeting about Town of Tonawanda landfill.

The meeting will focus on the proposed plan issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the landfill, which recommends no action for radioactive materials that fall within Environmental Protection Agency guidelines, said City of Tonawanda Councilman and CURE co-chair Rick Davis. It will be hosted by CURE co-chairs, though other city officials have been invited.

"We're hoping to draw up some support in order to get the landfill fully remediated of all nuclear waste," Davis said. "And anything else will be unacceptable."

The meeting will be held Wednesday, April 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Tonawanda High School Auditorium.

Residents who attend can expect to be informed of issues CURE co-chairs have with the plan so they know what questions to ask at the April 25 meeting hosted by the Army Corps to hear comments on the proposed plan, Davis said.

Meanwhile, Mayor Ron Pilozzi also has been busy formulating comments on the proposed plan with City Engineer Jason LaMonaco, and will likely send those to the Army Corps this week.

"My feeling is that a lot of concerns of the individuals along Hackett Drive could be ameliorated if they had testing done along that fence line," Pilozzi said. "f I lived along that fence line, what's going to give me that warm fuzzy feeling inside? The only thing I know of is testing on my property."

Pilozzi's comments will likely echo that concern, he said.

The 90-day public comment period, which began March 26, will end in late June, and is being held for the purpose of input on the proposed plan to be reflected in the Corps' final record of decision.

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