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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday that it will bring in heavy equipment to break up and extinguish the smoldering 50,000-ton pile of recycling materials at Hillcrest Industries in Attica.
EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Erick said that preparations will begin immediately and break-up work will start on Saturday. The EPA warned that the action probably will cause temporary increases in smoke, steam and noxious odors from time to time. Officials said water foggers will be used to suppress the smoke and air monitors will be set up throughout the area.
Nearby residents are advised to keep their windows closed until the fire is put out. The EPA also suggested that children, especially those with respiratory problems, should not play outdoors if there is smoke in the air.
"The No.?1 priority for the EPA is to put this fire out," Erick said. "By breaking the piles apart, we can expose the fire and extinguish it in smaller, more manageable sections."
The EPA, which is heading the firefighting effort, is working with the state Department of Environmental Conservation, Wyoming County and the Village of Attica on the problem.
The decision to break up the acre of plastic, glass and other recyclables, which stands 40 feet high, was made after a fire-suppression agent called F-500 was used for several days and proved unsuccessful.

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