Environment: A Nightmare in Niagara

Long buried chemicals rise up to scarify a neighborhood

For the past two years, several hundred residents of Niagara Falls, N.Y., have watched and worried as chemicals, some buried more than 35 years ago, have bubbled to the surface in backyards and cellars. Last week their worst fears proved well founded. After a long investigation New York Health Commissioner Robert Whalen described the waste disposal site as "an extremely serious threat and danger to the health and safety of those living near it." He also recommended that all pregnant women and children under two leave the area at once.

Niagara Falls' nightmare goes...

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