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RRG announces next DEC hearings on CWM application

Fri, Jul 1st 2022 09:40 am

Residents for Responsible Government announced this week that the next hearing by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation to review applications filed by CWM Chemical Services on Balmer Road in the Town of Porter will occur Wednesday, July 6.

According to RRG-NY.com, CWM closed its residuals management unit 1 landfill in 2015 when it reached capacity. “CWM has applied for a new 6 million-ton PCB and toxic waste landfill, referred as RMU-2, which state and federal agencies conclude is not needed.”

RRG continued, “The first in a series of adjudicatory hearings on issues requested by a New York State Hazardous Waste Siting Board was held April 11-12, on whether CWM applications would deter more preferable economic development in the towns of Lewiston and Porter. The second virtual hearing, beginning July 6, 2022, will address geology and hydrogeology risks related to the direction and speed contaminated groundwater.”

RRG said a third adjudicatory hearing would take place from Sept. 14-16 on public interest issues, “consisting primarily of CWM’s version of transportation costs, carbon footprint and economic interests. Further hearings thereafter may include radiation risk, air emissions, noise, traffic and real estate impairment that would occur from operations proposed by CWM.”

“A decision date cannot be predicted at this time,” RRG said. “However, it is anticipated that all hearings will be concluded this year with the final decision in 2023.”

Those interested in viewing the proceedings online can log on to http://www.webex.com and click “Join A Meeting.” Viewers should then input the meeting’s event number, 2333 964 6791, and the password July 6-10AM.

Telephone users for the proceeding should call 1-518-549-0500; input access code 2333 964 6791.

RRG said that, should the DEC adjudicatory hearings go beyond one day, those sessions would take place on July 7 and 8, as needed, with access both online and by phone.

Viewers for the July 7 online session would again visit the http://www.webex.com site, click “Join A Meeting,” and then input event number 2348 214 3423. Those intending to follow the session via phone would again call 1-518-549-0500 and input 2348 214 3423.

In the event of a July 8 session, online visitors to the webex.com site would follow the same format and then input access code 2346 985 1776, while phone users to the above number would also input this same code.

For more information, visit www.RRG-NY.com.

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