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Health impacts of Grand Island bridge traffic to be discussed

Advocates for removal of the tollbooths at the Grand Island Bridge will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 25, in the Town of Tonawanda about the health impacts of motor vehicle traffic idling at the tollbooths.

The meeting will be in the American Legion Post 205, 3354 Delaware Ave.

The presentation will feature newly released information about elevated chemicals found in the air on Grand Island by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Event co-chairman Brian R. Michel, of the WNY for Grand Island Toll Barrier Removal, said this past December, the DEC reported elevated levels of formaldehyde and benzene, which can be traced to tailpipe emissions as a contributor. He said the levels of benzene across Grand Island were 31 percent higher than across the state.

Public health experts and government officials are expected to talk at the meeting.

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