Lockport neighbors demanding answers from HTI Recycling

Posted at 11:29 PM, May 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-03 23:29:28-04

Citizens Against Pollution of Niagara held their monthly meeting on Thursday in which they addressed the ongoing cleanup of HTI Recycling. 

"We need to put an end to this insanity." One member said. 

The HTI recycling cleanup has been going on since 2016 after a massive fire left the plant inoperable. 

"How in the heck could such a dirty, toxic operation operate so closely to homes and backyards?" Don Elick, a nearby neighbor said.

Neighbors have been concerned that the cleanup has lasted over two years, with fears that toxins are seeping into the neighborhood untested. 

"What's happening to us in the air as they grind up those tires?" Elick asks, "How are they going to be removing them, how are they going to remediate all of the dilapidated buildings." 

The DEC told 7EWN that they did investigate the runoff following the fire and closed the case in 2017. Elick believes they need to test more. 

"How much pollution went up into the air and came down to those homes? Have they inspected all of those homes?"

7EWN has reached out to HI-Tread on multiple occasions and has yet to hear back. 

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