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Learn how to check soil for hazardous waste

Citizen Science Community Resources, which has been sampling soil around the Tonawanda Coke plant, will offer a citizen science project on Thursday where individuals will be taught how to sample their own soil for hazardous chemicals.

"We provide the tools necessary for folks to advocate for themselves," said Jackie James Creedon, a founding activist of CSCR.

Creedon stressed the importance of community monitoring in Western New York and noted that pollution from Tonawanda Coke and many other industries could potentially have migrated miles beyond the fence lines.

A soil sampling kit will be available and on display at the event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the Philip Sheridan School Community Room, 3200 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore.

There will be a drawing to receive a free soil testing and interpretation of results.

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