By Associated Press - Monday, April 27, 2015

LEWISTON, N.Y. (AP) - The Department of Environmental Conservation is convening an issues conference for a controversial hazardous waste landfill expansion in Niagara County this week.

Chemical Waste Management says its landfill in the town of Porter is running out of room. The company wants to expand into an additional 44 acres of CWM property. It’s the state’s only licensed hazardous waste landfill.

Opponents say they don’t want another decade or two of toxic waste being shipped to their community. They’re also concerned about PCB discharge into Lake Ontario and the Niagara River, and the potential release of radiation from World War II atomic bomb production that’s buried at the site.

The issues conference convenes Tuesday in Youngstown.

Both DEC and a siting board appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo will decide if CWM can expand.



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