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Petiion drive focuses on toxic legacy of Bethlehem Steel site

Citizens United for a Clean Lackawanna Waterfront launched a petition drive, the latest in a series of demonstrations to raise public awareness about the toxic conditions the group said exist on the former site of Bethlehem Steel on Route 5.

“The toxic waste buried 140 feet from Smokes Creek flows into Lake Erie and may impact Buffalo’s drinking water,” said John Nowak, a spokesman for the group. “The water intake is only 5 miles down lake from the toxic waste. An earthquake can rupture the existing toxic waste and contaminate eastern Lake Erie, Niagara River, Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.”

The petition is at