Friday, July 11, 2008

Maziarz speaks up on PCB plan

State Senator George Maziarz, who many of my listeners encouraged on Thursday to fight a plan to bring PCBs to Niagara County, has come out against it, according to the Buffalo News.
"I'm going to do everything I can to make sure this does not happen," State Sen. George D. Maziarz told The Buffalo News late this afternoon. "This is absolutely not right."
The state plans to ship 75,000 tons of PCBs from Glens Falls to CWM in Porter. It's equal to 1,500 truck loads ... or 478 Statues of Liberty full of the toxins.

"Our state boasts a $123.7 billion budget and a DEC led by one of the most renowned environmentalists in the history of the State Legislature," Maziarz wrote Grannis. "I am appalled, therefore, that we are going to move forward with a plan that is less safe and less clean based on no more compelling reason than bids were too high.

"I urge you in the strongest sense possible to delay any further work or awarding contracts until you and I have had an opportunity to discuss this issue and explore alternatives."

I hope the fact that CWM, who has donated to Maziarz campaigns, would stand to lose money if this plan were halted won't prevent George from really fighting to keep these toxins from arriving here.