Crematory

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Erie County legislators on Thursday blocked the reopening of a controversial crematory on Sheridan Drive in the Town of Tonawanda.


County panel votes to keep Tonawanda crematory closed

Oct 10, 2014
Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Opponents of a plan to reopen a crematory in Tonawanda received a boost from a County Legislature panel Thursday. The Government Affairs Committee recommended revoking Amigone Funeral Home’s status as cemetery land, which is needed to operate a crematory out of its Sheridan Drive site.

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An attorney for Amigone Funeral Home told State Supreme Court Judge Henry Nowak Wednesday that Amigone has no plans to reopen its crematory on Sheridan Drive in Tonawanda.

A pair of independent tests are supporting neighbors complaints regarding a crematory in the Town of Tonawanda.

The State Department of Environmental Conservation and the University at Buffalo ran a variety of tests and confirmed that particulate matter from the Amigone Funeral Home crematory on Sheridan Drive is in the soil of neighboring residences. Many approaches have been taken to address complaints about this discharge with no success.

The business claims that moving the crematory would be too expensive at this time, though that is agreed to be the best alternative.