Inactive Toxic Landfill Poses Risk to Residents of Wheatfield, NY
From 1964 to 1968, the Niagara Sanitation Co. landfill acted as the primary dumping ground for municipal and industrial waste from the city of Wheatfield and surrounding areas of New York. In 1968, toxic waste was removed from the infamous Love Canal landfill and buried in the Niagara Sanitation landfill. The combination of industrial waste and the waste from Love Canal has created a hazardous collection of carcinogenic chemicals, including PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), hydrocarbons, pesticides, and more. If you live in the town of Wheatfield, you may be at risk of serious health complications associated with exposure to this waste. Contact the environmental toxin attorneys at the law offices of Napoli Shkolnik PLLC for your free consultation today.
Landfill Site Declared “Significant Threat”
In December of 2015, the Niagara Sanitation Co. landfill was reclassified by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation as a “significant threat” to the health of the public. As a note, this change came after 25 years of the state ensuring those in the surrounding area that the landfill was safe and that there were no serious health threats associated with living near the landfill. The landfill has since been declared a Superfund site. Shockingly, the site is not fenced and is still accessible via foot or recreational vehicle.
Risks Associated with Toxic Exposure
As stated above, an elevated level of contaminants has been detected within the landfill, which could have serious health consequences for those living in Wheatfield and surrounding area. Those living in Wheatfield face the risk of being exposed to these contaminants through contact with the surface water or sediment. Risks of exposure include, but are not limited to, respiratory complications, neurological problems, and cancers. Health effects that are associated with the Love Canal crisis (the waste from which was deposited in the Niagara landfill) include birth defects and malformations, liver malfunctions, cancer, and miscarriages.
What Are My Rights if I Live in Wheatfield?
All people have the right to safe drinking water and clean air - when this right is infringed upon, affected persons have the right to take legal action and hold the responsible parties liable. At the law offices of Napoli Shkolnik PLLC, our team of experienced environmental litigation attorneys are working hard with other knowledgeable parties to ensure that all citizens of Wheatfield are aware of their legal options and to investigate the toxic site. If you live in Wheatfield, please contact our attorneys immediately to learn more about your rights under the law and to discuss your specific circumstance in more detail, especially if you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with a health complication that could be associated with exposure to the landfill’s toxins.
Our attorneys are here to advocate for you. Call our law firm today for your free consultation. You can reach us at 212-397-1000, or contact us online.