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HOPE VI: New Testing Echoes First Report

Niagara Gazette


A second set of testing has detected no new soil contamination at the future site of the HOPE VI housing project in the North End.

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster said he was told Friday by Niagara County Public Health Director Dan Stapleton the new testing has been completed and, once the results are double-checked, the Niagara Falls Housing Authority can move forward with a soil management plan.

"The new testing didn't find anything weird," Dyster said.

Construction on the HOPE VI project has been delayed since the discovery of incinerator ash under the site of the old Center Court Park playground. The housing authority was planning to remove the ash and deposit it into a landfill, with the city covering the $3 million estimated cost.

Before that could happen, however, the county health department said a second round of testing was required to determine if the contamination was more severe.

Dyster said the county's second round tests found the same level of ash and the results are now being reviewed by Panamerican Environmental.


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