Landfill expansion faces community opposition

CWM Chemical Services, the only commercial hazardous waste landfill in the northeast, wants to expand its operations in the Niagara County Town of Porter. 

The new landfill would be large enough to fill 1,200 Olympic sized pools with toxic materials contaminated with PCBs, lead and asbestos and other hazardous waste. If a state panel approves the application, as many as 220 trucks a day would rumble past homes and the Lewiston-Porter Schools for up to three more decades.

The application process is moving forward despite public dissent and CWM’s history of spills and environmental violations, an Investigative Post analysis of state and federal hazardous spills data and enforcement records found.