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Completely and Properly Remove Toxic Remnants from the Bethlehem Steel Plant

A petition has been posted on that is demanding that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) modify its remediation plan for the former Bethlehem Steel Co. coke plant, and surrounding lands. Currently, the plan is to move 8,600 cubic yards of contaminated soil and fill to a site that is 1,500 feet from the shores of Lake Erie.

It has taken years for Buffalo to start to realize the potential of its waterfront. With the advent of Canalside, we have been seeing a change in the way that we view our unique natural resources. First with the Inner Harbor, and now with the Outer Harbor, as more and more people discover the waterfront, additional opportunities will arise.

The fallow lands at the Bethlehem Steel site will one day be added to Buffalo’s collection of waterfront assets… unless the DEC moves forward with its plan to bury the hazardous waste (ammonia, arsenic, benzene, lead, etc.) at its proposed destination.

If you are in agreement with this, then consider signing this petition.


Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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