Niagara Falls, North Tonawanda and Lockport helped build America through industry whose byproducts today still harm us and haunt us in the form of buried toxic waste.
Although many industrial waste sites have been remediated in Niagara County since Love Canal focused national attention here in the late 1970s, many more remain, including for instance, 20 known sites in the City of Lockport. (One of those is reported to be Simmonds Steel (above), which was involved in WWII’s Manhattan Project, and the radioactive hot spots there require water to be pumped continuously into the site.)
So perhaps America — through the EPA, [...]
In her battle to tear down and remediate the heavily contaminated site at the Flinkote plant on Mill Street in Lockport, Shirley Nicholas has encountered push-back from politicians and frustration from their inaction.
“Chris Collins. I’d like to call him a dirty name,” said Nicholas, who rarely minces words.
The incident she’s referring to occurred when residents from Water Street — who were suffering in the shadow and watershed of the dangerous abandoned industrial site — went to the congressman’s office in Buffalo to seek his help and support.
“We needed to get these people moved,” she said. “But he [...]
When the Love Canal area of Niagara Falls was evacuated and remediated during the late 70s and early 80s, unbeknownst to the current residents of Forbes Street and Forbes Terrace, the site’s deadly toxic waste was trucked just a short distance away.
After the dumping took place, most of the 138 homes today were yet to be built on the residential street separating North Tonawanda and Wheatfield.
And the families that moved in were never warned.
Some came to tree-lined Forbes Street to escape the horror of Love Canal. Others moved there to enjoy the quaint, semi-rural nature of the neighborhood as well [...]
After the North Tonawanda common council workshop — nearly out the second-floor conference room door in North Tonawanda’s City Hall — someone turns to the mayor.
“My kids are going to live there.”
The resident is referring to Forbes Terrace, a highly residential street that separates North Tonawanda and Wheatfield. Just 500 feet north of those homes there’s a repository for Love Canal toxic waste.
Mayor Arthur Pappas lives on the North Tonawanda side along with many other concerned residents.
“It doesn’t become a problem until they notify us that it’s a problem,” [...]