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EPA officials to meet Lowertown residents on Wednesday

by TSchmitt
Mon, Jun 3rd 2013 09:47 am

Residents from Lockport's Lowertown area are hoping for some good news this week when they get an update from the Environmental Protection Agency on the cleanup for the 18-mile Creek corridor.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the County Fairgrounds and will give more detailed plans on properties on Mill Street, Water Street and Clinton Street.

Shirley Nicholas, who has long been fighting for a cleanup of the area, says the laundry list of toxins in that ground there is a long one that includes lead, arsenic, zinc, copper, chromium and PCBs.

EPA officials will also be talking about the former Flintkote Building.

Nicholas says it's important the community comes out in full force to the meeting.

"It's so important to have a good representation there," Nicholas said. "That way they'll know we mean business."

Nicholas said she has seen the assessment on her personal property drop to $8,000, and a local realtor told her she might be lucky to get that since the area is considered a Class 2 toxic waste site. She said she can't give up the fight, though.

"I can't let frustration take over," she said.


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