DEC: No off-site exposure to contaminants at old Wheatfield landfill

Posted at 4:13 PM, Jan 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-22 23:18:52-05

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation says they found no offsite exposure to contaminants around an old landfill in Wheatfield.

A press release issued on Monday states, the DEC conducted dozens of tests looking for contaminants in the ground water and the soil in neighboring properties. 

“Results of expanded surface soil, subsurface soil, and groundwater sampling conducted at properties both on- and off-site, indicate that landfill contaminants do not present an off-site exposure concern to neighboring properties,” read the DEC release.

In the winter and spring of 2017 neighbors in Wheatfield and North Tonawanda demanded the state complete comprehensive testing of the neighborhood, including inside their homes. In April of 2018 Governor Andrew Cuomo told the DEC to prioritize the testing, but the testing did not include homes.

Material dumped in the landfill included soil that was removed to create the LaSalle Expressway. That soil was contaminated with Love Canal waste. It was later removed and incinerated in 2014 and 2015.

Dozens of people who live near the old landfill on Nash Road are currently suing the Town of Wheatfield and some of the companies that used the facility.