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Environment
12:03 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Lake Erie designated a 'no discharge zone'

Buffalo's Lake Erie, at Erie Basin Marina.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Boaters are now banned from dumping raw sewage into Lake Erie. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved a petition filed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

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Environment
10:41 am
Fri May 16, 2014

If Our Water Could Talk Part V: The Future

Buffalo's Canalside along the Buffalo River downtown
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

After decades of missteps, Buffalo is finally experiencing a renaissance along the waterfront. All this week, WBFO has explored life along the Buffalo River. In our final installment of If Our Water Could Talk, WBFO's Jay Moran and Eileen Buckley explore how the city waterfront is now the catalyst inspiring future economic development being called 'Rust to Blue.'

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Local
5:17 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Schumer voices water quality concerns

With Lake Erie as the back drop, Senator Charles Schumer on Monday called for new laws to protect local water quality.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO news

Senator Charles Schumer says "conditions are ripe" for a record toxic algae bloom on Lake Erie that could threaten local drinking water.

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Environment
9:25 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Sewer Authority to invest $380 million for system upgrades

Credit city-buffalo.com/Home/City_Departments/BSA

A legal order issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should help improve local water quality. The Buffalo Sewer Authority is planning to reduce sewer and stormwater runoff into the Niagara River and its tributaries.

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Environment
3:19 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

EPA grant earmarked for Niagara Street infrastructure

EPA Great Lakes Administrator Cameron Davis, Rep. Brian Higgins, Mayor Byron Brown, and Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper Executive Director Jill Jedlicka attended Monday's announcement.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

The reconstruction of Niagara Street this year will include green infrastructure to prevent stormwater runoff and improve the quality of the Great Lakes.

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Local
10:01 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Soil testing finds toxicity near Tonawanda Coke plant

A large crowd came out Tuesday night to hear about issues related to Tonawanda Coke.
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

A large crowd of neighbors to the Tonawanda Coke plant were told Monday night there needs to be more testing for pollutants in the soil and water around the plant. When the company is sentenced March 19, the judge is being asked to order a $700,000 study.

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Environment
5:00 am
Wed October 30, 2013

EPA finalizes plan for Lockport Superfund site

A hazard sign posted at Eighteen Mile Creek
Credit File photo

The Environmental Protection Agency says it has finalized its $4 million plan to clean up and remediate nine residential properties on Water Street in Lockport near Eighteen Mile Creek.

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Environment
12:11 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Tonawanda Coke sentencing delayed again

Tonawanda Coke smoke stacks in the distance from River Road facility, Tonawanda, NY
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

There is another delay in the sentencing of Tonawanda Coke. Earlier this year a federal jury found Tonawanda Coke and its owner guilty of violating the Clean Air Act. But as WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports, the September 30 sentencing has been postponed.


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Environment
10:33 am
Wed August 14, 2013

EPA outlines plan for contaminated Lockport creek

Lockport residents gather to hear the EPA's cleanup plans for Eighteenmile Creek
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

The Environmental Protection Agency held a public meeting in Lockport Tuesday night to alert residents of plans to clean up Eighteenmile Creek.

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Local
3:21 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

EPA relocating residents living near contaminated creek

The contaminated Lockport creek tends to flood, spilling toxins into nearby properties.
Credit Ashley Hassett/WBFO News

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced it will relocate six Lockport families away from the contaminated waters of Eighteenmile Creek.

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Environment
9:15 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Environmental advocates keep the pressure on Tonawanda Coke

File photo

Opponents of the Tonawanda Coke plant were outside of Department of Environmental Conservation offices in downtown Buffalo Tuesday pushing the department to act on pollution permits for the facility.

The plant is the subject of ongoing enforcement actions and a federal criminal case against the former environmental manager. The DEC says the existing permit will continue until that is concluded.

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Environment
4:42 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

EPA says Attica fire is extinguished

Hillcrest in Attica, recycle company responsible for waste pile

The Environmental Protection Agency says a fire in a glass and plastic recycling operation in Attica is out, after weeks of effort.

An estimated 49,000 cubic yards of glass and plastic had accumulated at the Hillcrest Industries recycling plant and started burning, emitting a foul stench across the village. State and federal officials moved in to move the burning material around and extinguish it.

Public Affairs Officer Elias Rodriguez says the next step is to make sure the fire doesn't re-start.

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Local
9:24 am
Mon October 1, 2012

EPA reports progress on Attica cleanup

Officials with the Environmental Protection Agency say they are making progress in containing the foul-smelling, slow-burning industrial fire that has plagued the Village of Attica for several weeks.

In a written release, the EPA reports 5,200 cubic yards of smoldering waste have been extinguished and contained at the Hillcrest Industries facility.

Initial plans called for a round-the-clock cleanup effort, but steam and mist have forced officials to suspend work at night.

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Source of foul odor identified
2:05 pm
Sat September 29, 2012

Attica air soon to be easier to breath

EPA
File Photo WBFO/AM 970 News

Residents in Attica should soon experience relief from a putrid odor that has fouled the air.

EPA officials have identified a number of organic materials, including elevated levels of benzene, near Hillcrest Industries as the source of the odor.

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Pollution alert Bill proposed
10:15 am
Sat March 17, 2012

State Bill to alert public to pollution issues proposed

    State Senator Mark Grisanti is introducing legislation Saturday that would require prompt public alerts to sewage spills that enter local waterways. 

The "Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act" would be an amendment to the environmental conservation law, requiring sewage treatment plants to notify the public within twenty-four hours of a raw sewage overflow. Grisanti claims that these overflows leach dangerous bacteria, toxins, pathogens and chemicals into recreational and commercial waters and the public has a right to know about them.

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Local
9:26 am
Fri March 16, 2012

EPA orders Buffalo sewers to clean up

The Buffalo Sewer Authority has been dumping billions of gallons of sewage and wastewater into the Niagara River and its tributaries for years. The Environmental Protection Agency says that has to end. So, to that end, EPA regional spokesman

Mike Basile says the Sewer Authority is being ordered to comply with federal Clean Water Act requirements for combined sewer systems.

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EPA-Fire Reporting
3:25 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

EPA urged to improve industrial "hazmat" disclosures

Firefighters and other first responders to emergencies say more knowledge about the hazardous materials awaiting them at a fire scene will benefit not only their crews but also the nearby public.   Leaders from the first responder community  joined Senator Charles Schumer at Erie County's Emergency Services Training and Operations Center in Cheektowaga, where they called on the Environmental Protection Agency to streamline its system under which industries report the potentially dangerous materials they house.

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Meeting planned to disclose LeRoy test results
10:40 am
Sat February 4, 2012

LeRoy residents to hear results from chemical testing

The LeRoy School District is expected to release a public assessment today on tests that have been performed at the LeRoy High School. The testing was conducted after eighteen students all suffered ticks and Tourette's-like symptoms. The District hired Leader Professional Services. The company will examine the testing and issue recommendations.

The review will be presented to parents from 9 to 10:00 this morning at the high school auditorium.

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