Environment

Declining health of Lake Erie

Dec 15, 2011
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Back in the 70’s Lake Erie was called a dead lake because of pollution that resulted in little or no oxygen in a large part of the lake.

Today the lake is in declining health again from a number of sources. WBFO contributor Ray Marks takes a look at the issue.

NPR's Poisoned Places in America Series: Tonawanda Coke

Nov 10, 2011
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For decades, vast quantities of cancer-causing benzene and other toxic emissions emanated from the dilapidated Tonawanda Coke plant on the banks of Niagara River.

Thanks only to a group of sick people who live near the plant, federal and state regulators have started cracking down on this facility. High-tech monitoring shows benzene emissions were 30 times what the plant was reporting.

And that was after the plant had started to clean up.

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