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UB to update public on Tonawanda Coke soil study

University at Buffalo and SUNY Fredonia scientists will hold a community meeting Nov. 21 to update the public on their Tonawanda Coke soil study.

The session will take place at 6 p.m. in Riverview Elementary School's auditorium, 55 Taylor Drive in the City of Tonawanda.

A federal judge ordered Tonawanda Coke to pay $711,000 to fund the study after the company was convicted of violating environmental regulations. The study is investigating levels of soil contamination in the area around the shuttered plant on River Road and whether the pollutants could have come from the plant.

Scientists will report on recent findings, including maps showing suspected contamination within the study area, according to UB. Contact UB researcher Joseph Gardella Jr. at tcsoilstudyquestions@gmail.com with questions.

A community group has criticized the university for violating the public's trust in pursuing the soil analysis without the input of environmental activists or local leaders. UB said it is following the judge's guidance in conducting the study.

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