EPA to gather soil samples in residential neighborhood
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.