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The EPA says efforts to put out that smoldering recycling fire in Atticaare going well.

The Environmental Protection Agency began work over the weekend to break-up the 40-foot high, one acre pile at Hillcrest Industries.

The EPA says work will take place during the day in a 12 hour shift. Overnight work was suspended because the steam and mist created by the water used to extinguish the fires made it too difficult for crews to see.

Mike Basile, the EPA Community Involvement Coordinator, says patience is needed to fully address the issue.

“It’s an arduous task and it’s labor-intensive," he said via WKBW in Buffalo. "So our guesstimate right now is the work will probably continue right through the end of the week and into the weekend with hopes that it will be done by then."

The smell has worsened in Attica because of the abundance of fermenting materials as workers try to break up the pile into smaller segments.

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