Environmental Protection

EPA Sets Meeting on Eighteen Mile Creek Superfund Cleanup Plan

The Aug. 13 meeting will take place in Lockport, N.Y.

EPA will hold a public meeting Aug. 13 in Lockport, N.Y., about its proposed plan to clean up nine properties there, relocate residents from five of the properties, and demolish an industrial building at the former Flintkote Plant site as part of the first phase of cleanup at the Eighteen Mile Creek Superfund site. The residential properties on Water Street are contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls and other contaminants, including lead and chromium, according to the agency.

"This plan will take the residents with contaminated properties out of harm's way," said EPA Region 2 Administrator Judith A. Enck. "It will also allow us to remove the contamination from the area to reduce any future risk to people or the environment. I encourage the public to give us input on the proposed plan."

EPA is proposing to buy six residential properties that are privately owned, relocate affected residents, demolish the homes, and excavate the contaminated soil. Two of the properties have the same owner, and the city of Lockport owns three of them.

The public meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the 4-H Training Center at the Niagara County Fairgrounds, 4487 Lake Ave. EPA is accepting public comments there and until Aug. 26.

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