Residents for Responsible Government (RRG) is working to protect the environment and health of their community in response to a bid for the opening of what would be their second hazardous waste landfill. To do this, Chemical Waste Management needs a permit to expand, a process based on the state developing and approving a new Siting Plan for where hazardous waste sites are located throughout the state. “Because the site is near the shores of Lake Ontario and there is historical radiological contamination here, we are convinced that this is an extremely unsafe location for the storage of toxic wastes,” stated April Fideli President of Residents for Responsible Government.
The Department of Environmental Conservation is now taking public comments until November 26th on a proposal for a new Siting Plan. Through their evaluation, RRG has identified major concerns with the siting plan.
The Environmental Protection Agency has stated that there is no need for further chemical waste landfills. RRG’s goal is no more toxic landfills period. They are working to not just keep western New York healthy but to prevent other landfills from being constructed. Since the Fall of 2003, RRG has received five different grants from Freshwater Future. The funds have supported education, well monitoring, and the hiring of experts for technical assistance. RRG has also sent representatives to participate in our Grassroots Symposia, taking the opportunity to learn from other grassroots advocates working to protect waters in the region.
Visit our website www.freshwaterfuture.org to find where you can send your comments regarding the Siting Plan and toxic landfills. For more information, contact Charles Lamb, Residents for Responsible Government, at firstname.lastname@example.org.