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November 2, 2016

Candlelight already raised exhaust stacks; inspector says site ‘in conformance’

Last week, Alderwoman Anita Mullane asked this question at the Lockport Common Council’s work session.

“Are they going to raise the exhaust stacks at Candlelight Cabinetry?”

Alderman Mark Devine, who’s west-end district includes the manufacturing facility, said Candlelight already had — about two and a half months ago.

The stacks were raised 10 feet, he said.

Since then residents are still experiencing the noxious odor that blows down Bright Street as well as Ohio Street.

One resident says they’ve been complaining about this for 10 years.

“As far as the zoning [...]

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October 5, 2016

Bright Street reeling from Candlelight’s noxious exhaust; DEC working toward firm’s compliance

You can’t see it, but on Bright Street at any given moment, it can smell like there’s an open container of varnish under your nose.

The smell and unseen fumes emanate from nearby Candlelight Cabinetry, which brought its operations to Michigan Street after ex-Lockport Mayor Michael Tucker sold the company that street for $1.

Now residents of Bright Street have been reporting a varnish-type smell that intermittently plagues the street for hours at a time, causing headaches and sore throats as well as the discoloration of the vinyl siding on residents’ houses, they say.

New York State’s Department of Environmental [...]

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August 30, 2016

‘Crumb rubber’ fire residents express numerous concerns about their health, property and going forward

The Lockport Fire Department labored for days to quell the HTI “crumb rubber” fire behind Stevens Street — the biggest in Lockport’s history — but the ashes still smoldered Monday amongst affected-area residents as they asked a wide-ranging series of questions to gathered officials.

To answer questions and gather information, Third Ward Alderman Mark Devine assembled disaster specialist and councilman Joe Oates as well as Lockport Fire Chief Patrick Brady, Chief Building Inspector Jason Dool, Mayor Anne McCaffrey as well as a representative from the Niagara County Health Department. (HTI owner Derek Martin was told of the meeting, Devine said, but did not [...]

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August 17, 2016

HTI fire-aftermath meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday for residents, officials

Questions and concerns regarding the massive tire fire on Stevens Street will be addressed by city officials 6:30 p.m. Monday in the council chambers at City Hall.

Third Ward Alderman Mark Devine is organizing the meeting, which will also include Fire Chief Pat Brady and Police Chief Mike Neithe — or their representatives — and Chief Building Inspector Jason Dool. Devine also said the Niagara County Health Department will be represented as well.

Lockport Common Councilman Joe Oates, who is a disaster specialist, will also be attending.

Niagara News Source will be there, too.

Come back here Monday [...]

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