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The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced studies of three Western New York sites being considered for the nation’s newest veterans cemetery show no environmental problems.

Sen. Charles Schuner, D-N.Y., said the assessments will be released today, and a decision on the final site is expected soon.

The senator said in the fall of 2012 that the VA had a preferred site for the cemetery, widely believed to be at the intersection of Route 77 and Indian Falls Road in Pembroke, Genesee County. One other site also is in Pembroke and the other, Lancaster, Erie County. The Obama administration approved plans for the cemetery in 2010.

“Now that we know there are no hurdles,” Schumer said. “I expect the VA to make its final site decision very soon. And with Memorial Day around the corner, there is no better way to honor our Western New York veterans than by finally establishing a national veterans’ cemetery in Western New York.”

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