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Assemblyman Sean Ryan, Tonawanda leaders asking for suspension of Amigone's permit

Posted at 3:40 PM, Sep 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-13 15:40:41-04

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WKBW) — New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan joined members of the Tonawanda Town Council and residents Sunday morning to call for "swift action" by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to suspend Amigone Funeral Home's operating permit.

Last week, local lawmakers and residents expressed their concerns after thick, black smoke was seen billowing into the air from the Sheridan Drive funeral home's crematorium.

“The people of Tonawanda deserve answers about this latest incident at the controversial Amigone crematorium. The community was promised that the pollution control system installed when the crematorium reopened in 2018 would prevent odor, soot, and noise. Just two years later a catastrophic failure of the system caused black smoke to be released into the air for over an hour. Something has gone wrong, and a full investigation must be completed. As we await the results of the investigation, the DEC must suspend the crematorium’s operating permit immediately,” says Assemblyman Ryan.

The DEC is investigating.