Schumer pushing for cleanup of Tonawanda landfill

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Residents of Tonawanda were promised a solution to the radioactive pollution by the end of 2014, and since they’ve still heard nothing, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer is pushing the feds.

The Tonawanda landfill was filled with radioactive waste from the Manhattan Project, which has created a potential health hazard to residents in the polluted area. Concern prompted officials to look into the polluted soil, and a Federal scientist confirmed the potential hazard.

Uranium is cited as the main culprit behind the pollution that has residents up in arms. Their concern is made even greater by the presence of a school located in close proximity to the dump.

Schumer said Friday he’d be taking steps to pressure the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to finalize a plan which he said the area has been waiting on for a long time. He planned a press conference for Monday where he’s going to advocate for Tonawanda residents.

He’ll be joined by his supporters, the Mayor of the City of Tonawanda Rick Davis and the Supervisor of the Town of Tonawanda Tony Caruana. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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