EPA to gather soil sam­ples in res­i­den­tial neigh­bor­hood

The Buffalo News - - LOCAL NEWS -

The U.S. En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency has asked nine City of Lock­port res­i­den­tial prop­erty own­ers for per­mis­sion to take soil sam­ples at their homes.

EPA spokesman Michael Basile said the agency is try­ing to de­ter­mine whether there was off-site con­tam­i­na­tion from the for­mer Flin­tkote plant on Mill Street, which the EPA tore down last year in a Su­per­fund cleanup project.

Most of the homes are on Mill Street, while oth­ers are nearby on Chapel and Porter streets.

Shirley A. Nicholas, a Mill Street res­i­dent and en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivist who re­cently won an EPA award, said she re­ceived one of the let­ters and is giv­ing the agency the go-ahead for work to be­gin this week.

More soil sam­ples also are be­ing taken on the Flin­tkote site, Basile said.

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