An action group in Niagara County is calling for the closure of Chemical Waste Management. Residents for Responsible Government says the truck traffic going to and from the hazardous waste landfill is dangerous. And as YNN's Antoinette DelBel reports, for one member of the group, the effort is very personal.
NIAGARA COUNTY, N.Y. — Saturday marks two year's since Tim Henderson's son Ryan died in an accident.
The 35-year old’s car slid on ice, causing him and a truck leaving the Chemical Waste Management site in the Town of Porter to collide head on.
"My son's car had crossed the middle line, and in a second, our world was changed forever," said Henderson.
Henderson became an active member of Residents for Responsible Government, or RRG, long before the accident, but continues the fight in memory of his son.
On Friday, the group gathered at Lewiston-Porter Intermediate School to call for an end to truck traffic. By eliminating the traffic, the group said CWM wouldn't be able to expand and the nearly four-decade-old landfill would have to close.
"It's a hazardous waste landfill is what it is and we're the only one in the Northeast. All of the trucks that go to the landfill drive directly past the school district," said April Fideli, the president of RRG.
Fideli said the trucks have a designated route that takes them past the Lew-Port School District, which is a mile away.
The only times the trucks are not allowed to take that route is at the beginning and end of a school day. But Fideli said the trucks don't always follow those restrictions and that poses a danger.
"With the school buses, the minivans, the kids that are learning to drive - having the trucks in our community is just not a safe thing," she said.
"If we can raise awareness of the people that are driving the roads and sharing them with these massive trucks, well then some good has come out of this," said Henderson.
YNN reached out to CWM for comment and in a statement, it said: "The loss of Ryan Henderson was a loss for this entire community."