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The removal of the Niagara Scenic Parkway along the Niagara River Gorge in Niagara Falls will cost $4.7 million more than first projected, according to an amended contract ratified Wednesday by the Niagara Falls City Council. The project's budget increased from $38.5 million to $43.2 million.  Part of the increase comes from removing pavement between Main Street and Fin…

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A recent state finding that no toxic waste has leaked from an old Wheatfield landfill has not hurt the legal claims of more than 300 current and former residents who say living near the landfill damaged their health, according to their attorneys. One of the attorneys said nuggets buried in the 333-page report help their cases. "On page 133 they have a groundwater fig…

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The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced this week that cleanup is complete at the former Moore Business Forms property at Highland and Beech avenues in Niagara Falls. The 19-acre state Superfund site adjoins the Tulip Corp. plant. From 2012 to 2016, the DEC excavated 184,700 cubic yards of soil contaminated with lead and hydrocarbons. Most of it …

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The state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced the Town of Niagara has filed a brownfield cleanup application for a vacant commercial plaza at 4435 Military Road. The 1.15-acre plaza between Grauer and Sweet Home roads included a former service station and tire store. Until 2018, Niagara County resisted foreclosing on it, despite 24 years of unpaid …

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Niagara County plans to cover a 19-acre landfill with a specialized type of artificial turf, part of a $4.5 million cap repair and monitoring project. The County Legislature will vote Tuesday on borrowing the money. Dawn M. Timm, director of the Refuse Disposal District, said all vegetation will be removed from atop Landfill 1, one of three closed county landfills in Lo…

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Sewage overflowed into the Niagara River at Niagara Falls late Thursday and early Friday, according to the state's NY Alert notification system. A pair of sewage overflows in Niagara Falls were reported Friday morning. The discharges followed Thursday's warmup into the 60s that brought significant snowmelt and rain: An estimated 457,100 gallons of untreated sewage…

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A brownfield cleanup plan has been filed for a parking lot at Ekonol Polyester Resins in Wheatfield, the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced Wednesday. The plant is located at 6600 Walmore Road, a half-mile north of Niagara Falls Boulevard. The plant produces a spray-on resin coating for turbine engines. During an underground tank removal in 1999…

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The benefits of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative are spread across Western New York. They are apparent to those kayaking on a cleaned-up Buffalo River, fishing in Cattaraugus Creek or biking around Grand Island. The federal program has paid to remove toxins, rebuild habitat and restore wildlife species such as the bald eagle and lake sturgeon. But now the Great…

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Environmental group leaders criticized Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's 2019-20 budget proposal because they say it would allow money from the $300 million state Environmental Protection Fund to be redirected to cover state agencies' costs. “New York’s great legacy of national leadership on environmental funding is threatened by language that explicitly allows the EPF to be raide…

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Contractors hired by New York State Electric & Gas Corp. have begun removing contaminated sediment from the Erie Canal at Lockport. Coal tar from the site of a long-gone gas works has leaked where an electric substation now stands. NYSEG spokesman Kevin Ortiz said excavation near the Tri-Way Bridge, where routes 31 and 78 intersect, started last week and should …

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WASHINGTON — Rep. Chris Collins and State Sen. Rob Ortt Thursday tried to jump-start the mysteriously stalled nominations of three members of the international panel that tries to regulate water levels on the Great Lakes. The two lawmakers sent separate letters to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, asking him to push for quick approval of for…

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Municipal leaders from the towns of Tonawanda and Grand Island and the City of Tonawanda on Wednesday backed an environmental group that claims it has been shut out of a study into the historical effects of the now-shuttered Tonawanda Coke plant. A research foundation connected to the University at Buffalo has usurped control and funding of a study ordered by U.S. Distr…

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The state Department of Environmental Conservation said Tuesday that follow-up investigations at the town-owned Niagara Sanitation landfill in Wheatfield confirmed its January 2018 findings that no toxic waste is leaking from the site. The DEC will hold a public meeting at 11:30 a.m. March 30 in the Wheatfield Community Center to discuss its report. The findings are bas…

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The Town of Tonawanda, City of Tonawanda and City of North Tonawanda are joining forces to better position themselves to win funding for waterfront improvements in the communities. Officials from the two cities will join Tonawanda Supervisor Joseph Emminger Wednesday in the town's municipal building to sign the cooperative agreement, known as a charter. Emminger said…