DEPEW, N.Y. (WIVB) – Residents living along Walden Avenue in the Village of Depew may no longer have to smell the odor of garbage wafting through their open windows at night.
After complaints from residents, the Village of Depew and Senator Charles Schumer, the CEO of CSX says he will make every effort to stop trains filled with garbage from idling along the tracks.
CSX says the trains are left on the tracks along Walden Avenue as a staging area when there is heavy congestion on their network. But residents say those trains emit fumes and noise all night long, and the garbage they’re hauling permeates the nearby neighborhoods.
Senator Schumer wrote CSX CEO Michael Ward, urging him to “find an alternate, non-residential location for these trains so our residents’ health and quality of life will no longer be affected.”
Ward responded Wednesday by calling Senator Schumer personally to give him his assurance that CSX will do everything possible to move the trains to a different location and away from homes. The CEO also said he will push the companies moving garbage on their trains to use de-odorizers to limit the garbage smell.
Neighbor Joanna Blake said, “We appreciate it here in Depew, believe me. Been here for a very long time, almost 44 years. And this is the first time this has happened, this summer.”
Dave Burkhardt, who also lives near the tracks, said, “The odor was bad enough, it was making me nauseous. I know other people, too. You couldn’t even sit outside. You actually had to go in the house.”
In a statement, Senator Schumer said he’s pleased that “CSX has recognized that Walden Avenue is no place for these train cars and that Mr. Ward has committed to move these trains away from residential neighborhoods and push trash companies to use de-odorizers to squash the smell.”