Clinton urges study of Tonawanda Landfill The Buffalo News
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday asked the Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a new study of a controversial landfill in the Town of Tonawanda to determine if it is posing health risks to the nearby neighborhood.
In a letter to Lt. Col. John S. Environmental Protection Agency guidelines. That study also said uranium, radium and thorium waste at the site is unconnected to the nearby Linde waste site and other Manhattan Project facilities.
Clinton also called for an expanded human health assessment. Given that the site is targeted for recreational uses once it is cleaned up, she suggested that the entire site be completely surveyed using "the most stringent federal standards" to assess the health risk posed by remaining contaminants.
Noting that the landfill is near 700 homes and Riverview Elementary School, Clinton said the Corps also should make sure that those properties are safe.
"The Corps must verify that radioactive materials have not migrated through soils or hydrology outside of the landfill vicinity property and into the backyards and homes of Tonawanda Online Newport Cigarette Store," she said.
Bruce Sanders, a spokesman for the Army Corps, said the agency has a policy of responding to congressional correspondence within 10 days Buy Newport Cigarettes Wholesale, meaning Clinton would hear back from Hurley by April 27.
Sanders said he would defer to Hurley for reaction to Clinton's letter, which will be included in the record of the public comments being collected on the proposed cleanup plan.
The public comment period ends June 26.
The landfill is located in the northwest corner of the town near Two Mile Creek Road. It was used as a dumping ground for uranium, radium and thorium as the byproduct of Manhattan Project nuclear weapons research in the 1940s and 1950s.