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Labs study well water from Lewiston, Porter

LOCKPORT -- Two laboratories are analyzing water samples taken from 12 wells in Lewiston and Porter, Niagara County Environmental Health Director James J. Devald said last week.

Devald told the county Board of Health that the state Health Department's Wadsworth Laboratory is analyzing the water for evidence of radioactivity, while a private company, Eastern Laboratory Services, is checking for chemical contamination and bacteria.

The wells were selected for their proximity to the Lake Ontario Ordnance Works site, where nuclear waste from the World War II atomic bomb project is buried. Devald said the sampling was completed Sept. 14. Six of the wells are used for drinking water by their owners.

On another topic, Devald said 911 animals were vaccinated against rabies at a clinic in Lockport Sept. 17.

Fifteen animals have been confirmed rabid in the county this year: nine raccoons, four bats, a fox and a deer killed earlier this month in Royalton.

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Hearing set Monday on proposed subdivision

WHEATFIELD -- Residents near the proposed Shawnee Meadows subdivision are expected to attend a review of the development's environmental impact study at 7 p.m. Monday.

The hearing, scheduled for the Community Center at 2800 Church Road because a large crowd is anticipated, is the latest in a series of public input sessions on the 82-lot subdivision that have taken place since developer Robert Weaver brought it forward nearly three years ago.

All of the meetings have drawn dozens of residents, who want to know how the 84-acre development is going to affect area traffic flow, drainage, green space and school taxes. Many of those opposed to the plan have said the immediate area is rife with subdivisions.

The impact study was ordered earlier this year. It includes statistics on how the development would impact the area, as well as the comments and concerns of officials and residents, town officials said.
Supervisor Timothy E. Demler said the study is supposed to include all the changes implemented to accommodate the concerns.

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