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Tonawanda Coke soil study to be discussed tonight

The environmental impact that Tonawanda Coke has had on surrounding communities is being measured in soil sample studies.

Community meetings to discuss the collection of soil samples begin at 6 p.m. tonight at Sheridan Parkside Community Center, 169 Sheridan Parkside Drive, Tonawanda.

The soil sample studies were funded as part of an $11 million health study ordered by the U.S. Department of Justice, which prosecuted Tonawanda Coke for violating the Clean Air Act in 2013.

Residents can arrange to have soil in their yards tested, attend meetings to ask questions or volunteer to collect soil samples.

Future meetings will be held on June 15, Grand Island Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Road; June 28, Tonawanda City Hall, 200 Niagara St.; July 13, CSCR Office, Room 210, Phillip Sheridan Building, 3200 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda. All meetings are from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The community meetings are being organized by Citizen Science Community Resources, the University at Buffalo and SUNY Fredonia.

Taking soil samples as part of a study of how pollution from Tonawanda Coke affected the surrounding environment are, from left, Josh Wallace, University at Buffalo project manager; Evan James, SUNY Fredonia student team leader; and Alex Rusch, a UB student team leader. (Provided by Citizen Science Community Resources)


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