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Superfund site in Niagara County subject of public meeting Saturday

A public meeting on a study of a hazardous waste site in the Town of Porter will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the Lewiston Senior Center, 4361 Lower River Road.

The study is of a site known as Air Force Plant 68, a portion of the former Lake Ontario Ordnance Works -- a federal weapons production and storage site that became active during World War II.

The site is a Superfund site, or an inactive hazardous waste site, according to state regulators. It is owned by CWM Chemical Services and the federal government, and considered "a significant threat to public health and the environment" by the state.

The study is being done by Environmental Remediation Financial Services, and funded by a $50,000 grant through the state Department of Environmental Conservation's Technical Assistance Grant program.

The purpose of the study is to assess the adequacy of historical reports on the site, as well as to review the current investigations of the property, according to the DEC.

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper was named the grant administrator for a the grant application submitted by Residents for Responsible Government, the Restoration Advisory Board for the former Lake Ontario Ordnance Works, Niagara Health-Science Report and Residents of Lewiston-Porter for the Environment (R.O.L.E.), according to a DEC spokeswoman.

The meeting is the first of two on this study. The second meeting date was not immediately available.

--Aaron Besecker

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