Wednesday 7 December 2022
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Politicians, Residents Discuss Remediation Plans for Lackawanna Steel Mill Site

Silhouette of Offshore Jack Up Rig in The Middle of The Sea at Sunset TimeA Buffalo, NY, area community is growing more concerned about the industrial waste that will get shifted rather than eliminated, and they have called on the state to do something about it.

Residents of Lackawanna in Erie County are opposed to the plans by Tecumseh Redevelopment, which wants to shift 8,600 cubic yards of toxic waste from one part of a dump site to another.

The waste, which came from coke, or fuel, produced by Bethlehem Steel, contains substances such as arsenic and benzene, among other toxic elements. Coke contains a high amount of carbon and is typically made from coal.

Right now Tecumseh owns the property, but they don’t plan to do any real clean-up, according to Lackawanna residents.

State Sen. Timothy Kennedy is on the side of constituents, saying that Tecumseh isn’t living up to the plan in place by the Department of Environmental Conservation in New York, which “has to include a long-term, holistic approach.”

This kind of work typically needs to be handled by environmental remediation professionals, who work to remove pollutants from soil and clean up toxic waste. In the United States, around 70% of all industrial waste order ativan online legally winds up in bodies of water, polluting communities’ usable water supplies.

Kennedy said that that pollution left over from Bethlehem Steel and the Lackawanna Steel Company over several decades has left lasting effects, and it needs to be cleaned up rather than simply moved.

So far, nearly 1,000 people in Lackawanna and outside the community have signed an internet petition to remove these toxic remnants, many of which affect the Lake Erie and Niagara River waterfronts in the area.

Lackawanna Mayor Geoffrey M. Szymanski agrees that something better needs to be done about the pollution in the area.

“I want a clean steel plant; they want the bare minimum,” Szymanski commented on Tecumseh.

And Szymanski hopes it happens soon. “It’s really restricting our ability to become a better city,” he said.

Szymanski, Kennedy and other leaders are meeting regularly with locals to discuss the problem and identify solutions — especially for the long term.

“We want to make sure 10, 20, 30, 50 years or a century from now that the decisions we’re making today are helping make Lackawanna as spectacular as the other areas along Lake Erie and the Niagara River,” Kennedy said.