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Fence to be Built Around Contaminated Nash Landfill Site

Mary Jo Kerr has lived on the edge of the former Nash Road Landfill for most of her life, and said her street has been constantly surrounded by illness.

"I know a lot of breast cancer, a lot of MS, a lot of people that are always sick. I have a friend down the street with Graves Disease that's possibly connected to the chemicals," Kerr said.

Since the Love Canal waste was dumped in their backyards in the 1960s, residents have called for remediation work. Last year, the DEC spent 19 weeks at the site.

"They ended up taking out 80 large truckloads of material, and trucking it off, I think, to Utah and it was burned and landfilled out there,” said Wheatfield Town Supervisor Robert Cliffe.

Then on December 21st, the DEC sent a letter to residents, classifying the former landfill as a "Class 2 site that presents a significant threat to public health and/or the environment." That letter is leaving residents like Cory D'Agostino calling for action.

"Everybody in this area needs our own property tested. That's what I believe. There's something wrong here," D'Agostino said.

State Senator Rob Ortt agrees something needs to happen fast. As a temporary measure, he secured up to $75,000 in state funding to assist Wheatfield in building a fence around the contaminated area.

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