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Officials say Covanta unlikely source of Falls' rat problem

by TSchmitt
Thu, Aug 29th 2013 10:55 am

An ugly epidemic taken a Niagara Falls neighborhood by storm -- officials say a rat problem in the neighborhood around Buffalo and Stephenson avenues in the city has residents taking steps to keep the rodents at bay.

Dan Stapleton of the county's Health Department said a team of people was walking the neighborhood yesterday, trying to give local residents as much information as possible on how to eliminate the problem.

Many have blamed the Covanta plant, one that converts trash to energy, but Stapleton said he's seen no proof the plant has been the cause. 

In fact, he said there's another logical option.

"Sewer work that was done on Buffalo Avenue may have disturbed the rodents that were using that for their habitat. When that work was being done on the sewers, they went and found somewhere else to live," Stapleton said. "With Covanta, nothing's changed in the decades that they've been there. So we're looking at things that have changed. And what's changed is that sewer work."

Stapleton added that the county's health department will continue to monitor the situation.



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