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In the hour around noon last Thursday, the air at the Bocce Courts on Madison Avenue in Lackawanna contained 180 times more carcinogenic benzene than background levels, according to air quality monitoring data. The data -- which also showed elevated levels of the suspected carcinogens vinyl chloride, butadiene and styrene and higher levels of toluene at air monitoring …

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Cleaning up the fire scene at the former Bethlehem Steel site in Lackawanna could take months, Mayor Geoffrey M. Szymanski said Monday. "I'm going to anticipate months, and unfortunately, the worst parts of our seasons are coming," Szymanski said. "When you have winter coming, you're going to have lake-effect snow covering up debris. And it adds extra weight and more di…

Erie County

When two Lackawanna firefighters told Lillian Carbone to leave her home Thursday, she began to cry. “The smell is getting so bad inside our house,” said Carbone, who lives on Lincoln Avenue, near the fire in Lackawanna that has been burning for days. “I’m scared it’s going to explode or something." "I just hope I don’t lose my house.” The second day …