Over 1,000 comments were submitted by the public to the DEC by January 2, the comment period deadline, March 31, 2004. Over 1,000 people overwhelmingly opposed to the proposal attended the March 30 and 31 hearings.
Some comments submitted are available from the links on the left. (Those commenters who sent letters may supplement their comments with new letters.) As we obtain copies of other comments, we'll post them too.
Some comments that were made during the earlier conceptual review phase of the IWS application, which concluded in 1996, are available from the links immediately below, together with a summary of the comment.
Mr. Wilson notifies the county that the Town of Franklinville has passed a resolution opposing the IWS landfill proposal.
Mr. Haberer feels the county will have to pay for cleanup costs after IWS goes broke or gets shuts down.
Mr. Hinchey details criminal indictments, violations of environmental permits and regulations, and allegations of fraud and racketeering against IWS upper management.
Mr. Wachter is alarmed that students moving from building to building in Franklinville would have face "an accident waiting to happen" as a result of increased traffic from garbage trucks.
Mr. Fitzpatrick responds to Mr. Wachter's letter of Feb. 19, 1993, expressing opposition to the IWS landfill proposal, which he thinks is really "a sham," and pledging the county's continued efforts to oppose the proposal.
Jess Fitzpatrick, Catt. Co. Legislature Chairman, letter to New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani dated May 12, 1999 pg1 pg2
Mr. Fitzpatrick asks the Mayor for a commitment to his promise not to send New York City's garbage to any community that does not agree to take it, and notes that Cattaraugus County does not want it.
Deputy Mayor Lhota responds to Mr. Fitzpatrick that it's up to the the local town that contracts to host the garbage and the private landfill company that wants to take it. That's enough to comply with New York City's policy not to send its garbage to unwilling communities.