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Cattaraugus County and the City of Olean are represented by Michael Gerrard of Arnold & Porter in New York City, as opponents to the DEC permit application that may be submitted next year by
Bill Heitzenrater's company Southern Tier Waste (successor to IWS). In early April Heitzenrater told the Associated Press he had a "preliminary permit" for a new dump in Farmersville. (See the edited version in the New York Daily News.) But that's hardly the case. In 1996 the DEC awarded Heiztenrater's predecessor, Integrated Waste Systems (IWS), "conceptual" approval for a bare-bones proposal for a dump in Farmersville. This gave the company permission to submit a Part 360 application to construct a landfill, no more. The new proposal includes destruction of  wetlands and importation of New York City and Long Island garbage, as well as relocation of the landfill footprint within 100 feet of the county road on a 30 percent slope. All these provisions of the new proposal were missing from the old one under which IWS received conceptual approval. After all public comments submitted by April 14, 1999, are considered by the DEC, the full scope of Heitzenrater's proposal might be more than he's prepared to achieve. At any rate, we're months away from a landfill permit.  If Heitzenrater's past performance is any indication, it's unlikely he's taking the prospect of actually building and operating a landfill himself  very seriously: he's never done it before, and the hydrogeology outfit he headed up for IWS, dissolved last year, he named Aquatic Fantaseas, Inc.!
New York City communities getting dumped on by transfer stations have won their battle to stop the City from foisting other people's garbage them. However, the City's plan to export all its garbage somewhere, anywhere, still gives no thought to the people who might have live next to the stuff forever. City Limits reports on the battle at home over New York City's garbage. A more jaundiced view of an April 8, 1999, battle on this front is taken by the Daily News. On April 30, 2000, the Daily News reported the City garbage export plan was finalized, to the satisfaction of waterfront minority communities. Will those who won a measure of environmental justice now support their country cousins upstate?
Virginia is waging a war against the onslaught of garbage from New York City.  For the background, see the April 4, 1999,  Daily News article.
From Lockport Loose Lips: "Where do Niagara County officials wind up after prison?  We've lost track, honestly, of how many former Niagara County officials went to prison, and how many just got a slap on the wrist after an FBI investigation of political corruption in Niagara nearly ten years ago.  But the names of  two former Niagara County kingpins who paid their debt to society after being found guilty of various financial misdeeds with Niagara County taxpayers' money came up on Monday.  And where are they today?  According to a report Monday, 2/1 on WLVL Radio, former County Sheriff Francis Giles is being paid by Modern Disposal, the garbage hauler and landfill operator.  The report indicates Giles also has a generous government pension that he did not have to give up and has been seen in the company of the Niagara County Republican Chairman.  Former Welfare Commissioner, Louis Scozzafava, the report said, has been 'selling used cars in Niagara Falls.'" (2/2/99)

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updated 5/9/2000
West Virginia recently won a victory against more New York City and other out-of-state garbage. On April 20, 2000, a federal appeals court approved the state's landfill legislation limiting the size of landfills and subjecting new landfills or proposals to expand existing landfills to local referenda.