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PORTER – The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced Tuesday that the public comment period on CWM Chemical Services’ proposed new hazardous waste landfill is being extended for another 45 days, until Oct. 20.

A DEC statement said the agency and the siting board Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo appointed to consider CWM’s application made the decision “due to extensive public interest and requests for additional time to comment on the permit application.”

CWM, whose current landfill is running out of space, seeks to dig a new one covering 43.5 acres, to accommodate up to 4 million tons of hazardous waste.

This is the second extension of the comment period, which at first was to run out in early July and later was extended to Sept. 5.

Comments may be emailed to CWM.RWMUNIT2@dec.ny.gov, or mailed to Chief Administrative Law Judge James T. McClymonds at the DEC, Office of Hearings and Mediation Services, 625 Broadway, 1st Floor, Albany 12233-5500.

The DEC also extended the deadline from Sept. 30 to Oct. 20 for groups to file for “party status,” enabling them to play a direct role in the siting board hearings.