The RAB is a forum for the public and all stakeholders for the exchange of information as well as open and independent dialogue concerning the environmental investigation and remediation activities at the LOOW.
The LOOW consists of approximately 7,500 acres of land, located in the Towns of Lewiston and Porter, NY acquired by the federal government in the early 1940’s. The “Developed Area” of the LOOW was used for military operations started during WWII.
Today, the federal government no longer owns the LOOW properties, with the exception of a National Guard Weekend Training Site, and the Niagara Falls Storage Site (“NFSS”).
The NFSS is a temporary storage area for radioactive material left over from development of the atomic bomb in the 1940’s and ‘50’s. Residues are so radioactive, they must be handled remotely by equipment rather than humans. If left in place, the NFSS radioactive residues would pose a major environmental/health hazard to the Niagara region for thousands of years.
SHOULD THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CREATE A PERMANENT RADIOACTIVE DISPOSAL (LANDFILL) FACILITY IN LEWISTON, NY?
The Army Corps of Engineers is in the process of determining whether to remove some or all of the radioactive residues and wastes from the NFSS, and what standard of clean up the NFSS should undergo.
The information contained on the LOOW RAB website does not represent an endorsement by any one stakeholder member. Minority and majority positions will be represented.