Keep an eye on Chemours Closing: Excuse to treat frackwater, hike taxes, water rates

Niagara Falls -Keep an eye on the Chemours closing.

Chemours plans to close its Niagara Falls plant by the end of this  year, eliminating about 200 jobs at the Buffalo Avenue factory.

The Niagara Falls plant makes reactive metals for specialty chemicals industries such as pharmaceutical, pulp and paper and others. It is a DuPont spin off.

With the loss for both the city in taxes and water board in water fees, expect Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster to cite the loss as an excuse to raise taxes and for the water board to cite the loss as a reason to jack up water rates.

The Chemours closing is being tied to a major loss of water service revenue, but haven’t all of those new hotels created significant increases in water revenue for the water board?

Now that Chemours is leaving, also keep an eye on the fracking water treatment scenario. For years water board members have said the water plant can handle frack water treatment with no problem and that the loss of water revenue from Chemours has to be made up somehow and that fracking water treatment is the way to go.




  1. Ms. Howard’s prescient warning has merit in taking heed. Always watch and be vigil in what the other hand is doing in Niagara Falls. When revenue stream diminishes in government; all considerations are on the table. Do we want to become Flint, Michigan? Flint thought it would save money by switching water sources, how did that work out? If anyone thinking treating fracking water with no ramifications on the fresh water of the Great Lakes is delusional given current governmental management locally. Great insight Ms. Howard.

  2. How would we become Flint? Really,A little research before posting would go a long way. Flint started pumping their own water after breaking away from Detroit.From the Flint River no less. Flint’s water plant wasn’t set up enough to handle the high % of the gunk in the river. Which in turn rotted the pipes in the water system there. Now I guess it’ll be this paper leading the charge that “The Sky is Falling!!” so that the so called journalists on this paper can blame the mayor some more about a company closing it’s doors.

  3. re: LJJR21 -“Flint’s water plant wasn’t set up enough to handle the high % of the gunk in the river. Which in turn rotted the pipes in the water system there”—what empirical evidence do you have that burdening our infrastructure with additional chemicals and heavy metals would not have the same outcome?

    re: LJJR21- “Now I guess it’ll be this paper leading the charge that “The Sky is Falling!!” so that the so called journalists on this paper can blame the mayor some more about a company closing it’s doors”—What is wrong with investigative journalists, like Ms. Howard in asking the who, what, where, when, why and how of a story? That is what journalists are supposed to do. It is refreshing to read a paper that allows it’s reporters to cover controversial issues. In my opinion the Reporter does an excellent job in asking the tough questions leading to the truth and thoughtful conclusions.

  4. This will be a story to watch closely. Being in the chemical industry, have followed this story and Chemours for some time. Interesting to note that chlorine is a co-product from the sodium process (chlorine to Olin). I’m sure quantities are small in the scope of things, but wonder if/how this will impact their business.

    Also note that late last year Olin announced that they will idle or permanently close 250,000 to 450,000 tons of chlor alkali capacity. A fair assumption would be their Quebec site my further idle, but that would still leave additional capacity to come offline.

  5. “What is wrong with investigative journalists, like Ms. Howard in asking the who, what, where, when, why and how of a story?”

    Investigations like what? The landlord that got stiffed? Said landlord(Paul Grenga) is parlato’s attorney in the case being brought against him.The only investigation that should be going on is a conflict of interest in that case. Or like the case of the Rapids Theater. Hudson beat the drum about how the free concerts at the Hard Rock drew nothing.But then Paul Harris got turned down for a permit at the Rapids Theater,All of a sudden hudson and parlato beat the drum about how the Hard Rock took away people from the Rapids. Hudson’s trying to mimic micheal moore and doing a bad job at it. Or better yet how the underground railroad never went through Niagara Falls because it wasn’t a chartered city yet.What,did fox fence show up and put a cyclone around what would eventually be the city borders?This paper is good for a few laughs.Thats about it.

  6. Lou Ricciuti says:

    According to EPA and other records; Niagara Falls, New York, already has the third highest rates of radiation in it’s drinking water of 49 cities tested. The same is true for the air we all breath at Niagara Falls (Mangano, J., 2014-2015). Does anyone remember the first Buffalo Avenue water treatment plant that got “burnt out” with hazardous wastes & caustic materials that they thought they could filter out? A second plant had to be built and the first one was demolished. Still we’re fed the water and are charged exorbitant prices for that “privilege.” Are city fathers and administration aware of these facts? Is this why the water department was “privatized” to distance themselves from any liability should these facts become known? I would have to wager a yes on that. Don’t breath the mist!!

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