Residents living near the Pfohl Brothers dump in Cheektowaga will receive a $50,000 federal Superfund grant that they will use to hire technical advisers to interpret and analyze health data from the area around the dump.
The grant, announced Saturday by Rep. Jack Quinn, R-Hamburg, was awarded to the Pfohl Area Homeowners and Residents Coalition and will be used to analyze data collected by the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Health Department.
"The state keeps saying there is no problem, but we say there is a problem," said Joseph Frazer of the coalition. "This (grant) will help us find the truth."
He said the coalition, which represents 77 current and former residents in and around the dump, has identified about 200 people with health problems that it blames on the dump.