A public meeting will be held this week regarding the negative health effects of the Peace Bridge. The meeting takes place this Wednesday, September 12th from 7 to 9 pm and the Lafayette Presbyterian Church (875 Elmwood Avenue). Those who live in the Elmwood Village should be aware that they are essentially breathing the same polluted and dangerous air as those who live directly adjacent to the bridge. This issue is not just concentrated to one area of Buffalo, it is a problem far and wide.
Now for some quick and startling facts about the Peace Bridge and the Plaza. There are 5,000 trucks and 20,000 cars that pass through the west side every day as a result of bridge traffic. Nearly 45% of the west side households reported at least one case of chronic respiratory illness or asthma, which is nearly four times the national average. The NYS Department Health's Cancer Registry indicates elevated levels of both lung and bronchus cancers for the west side.
The meeting is presented by the Buffalo West Side Environmental Defense Fund, visit the Move the Plaza website for more information.