Residents for Responsible Government, Inc.

From 1972 – 2015, Niagara County, New York hosted one of the largest PCB and toxic waste landfill operations in the U.S.  The CWM landfill was forced to close in 2015 due to the support and efforts of the community.  CWM has applied for a massive new 6 million-ton PCB and toxic waste landfill, referred to as RMU-2, which state and federal agencies conclude is not needed. 

The 710-acre proposed site is owned by CWM Chemical Services, LLC, a subsidiary of Waste Management, Inc., an $18 billion corporation. CWM is located in the Towns of Lewiston and Porter, NY; one mile from all public schools, roughly three miles from the Niagara River and Lake Ontario. There are 17 commercial hazardous waste landfills in the U.S. which supervising agencies deem adequate to handle the nation’s need for decades to come, without CWM.

The CWM proposal, if approved, would send more than a half-million PCB and toxic waste laden trucks past the front of all public schools for decades.  In 2003, CWM predicted its application would be approved by 2005, however, the application in 2022 is only now entering the final phase of decision-making.

Hearing – whether CWM is in the Public Interest: Sept. 14th-16th 2022

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 was held July 6-8, 2022 and Aug. 31 – Sept. 2nd addressing geology and hydrogeology risks related to the direction and speed of contaminated groundwater.

A third adjudicatory hearing will take place Sept. 14-16 (10a.m.) regarding Public Interest, consisting primarily of CWM’s version of transportation costs, carbon footprint and economic impacts. Further hearings thereafter may include radiation risk, air emissions, noise/traffic, and real estate impairment that would occur from massive landfill operations proposed by CWM.  

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

Instructions to observe the Sept. 14th 10a.m. Adjudicatory Hearing: 

To observe the Sept. 14th, 2022, hearing through the internet, visit http://www.webex.com/ and click “Join a meeting.” input the appropriate event number for the hearing.

Event Number: 2350 952 9417
Password: Sept14-10AM
To join by phone only:
Dial: 1-518-549-0500
Access Code: 2350 952 9417

If necessary, the adjudicatory hearing will continue at 10a.m. on Sept. 15, 2022. To observe the Sept. 15, hearing through the internet, visit http://www.webex.com/ and click “Join a meeting.” input the appropriate event number for the hearing.

Event Number: 2358 721 4824
Password: Sept15-10AM
To join by phone only:
Dial: 1-518-549-0500
Access Code: 2358 721 4824

If necessary, the adjudicatory hearing will continue at 10a.m. on Sept. 16, 2022. To observe the Sept. 16, 2022, hearing through the internet, visit http://www.webex.com/ and click “Join a meeting.” input the appropriate event number for the hearing.

Event Number: 2356 295 8905
Password: Sept16-10AM
To join by phone only:
Dial: 1-518-549-0500
Access Code: 2356 295 8905

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 About RRG

RRG is an all-volunteer non-for-profit organization formed in 2002 in response to a 3-to-2 approval by Porter Town Board members to re-zone land for the commercial landfilling of PCBs and hazardous wastes imported from throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada. RRG is dedicated to informing and empowering residents in the Towns of Porter and Lewiston and Niagara County, NY.


Contact Us:

Residents for Responsible Government, Inc.
P.O. Box 262
Youngstown, NY 14174

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