A petition has been posted on Change.org 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 Change.org petition.