New York Governor Andrew Cuomo directed the New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Health (DOH) expand their ongoing investigations of the Wheatfield landfill’s potential of having contaminated nearby residential properties.
This means that the DEC and town of Wheatfield will include both soil and groundwater testing in surrounding residential properties to see whether or not offsite migration of contaminants from the landfill occurred. Though not impacted by the Niagara Sanitation Landfill, the Department of Health, the Niagara County Water District and the Wheatfield Municipal Water System continue to monitor the public water supply.
Sampling has started and will continue over the coming month as access is granted by property owners. Homes that border the landfill are being tested first with others being considered based on results.The DEC and DOH have been directed to keep the community informed throughout the investigation.
The landfill was designated a Class 2 Superfund site in December 2015. During its operations from 1955 to 1968, the landfill accepted community and industrial waste. This includes Love Canal waste which was generated by the Hooker Chemical Company, now the Occidental Chemical Corporation. To better protect the public from further possible exposure to hazardous materials, the town of Wheatfield, the landfill’s current owner, is constructing a fence. The clearing work is planned to be completed this spring.