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EPA checking Falls site for radiation

NIAGARA FALLS – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered work to be done at two Niagara Falls Boulevard businesses, Rapids Bowling Center and Greater Niagara Building Center, where radioactive slag generated by local industries was used as fill 50 years ago.

An EPA announcement said the agency’s testing in 2013 and 2014 didn’t turn up enough radiation to qualify the sites for the Superfund list, but gamma radiation was detected beneath the parking lot shared by the bowling center and the building supply store, which was formerly a Dunn Tire store.

Last summer, further testing showed radiation inside some areas of the building supply store that were added onto the original and built over the parking lot. The EPA plans to clear vegetation from the lot behind the businesses before removing the radioactive materials from unoccupied portions of the building supply center and replacing its concrete floor. Later, the parking lot will be dug up, the radioactive materials will be removed, and it will be repaved. No radiation has been found inside the bowling center, the EPA said.