Every victory has been hard won by City of Tonawanda residents living along the edge of a municipal landfill where radioactive wastes from the Manhattan Project are buried.
With the help of elected officials, they convinced the state Department of Environmental Conservation to test their properties, and that of a nearby elementary school, for radioactivity last year.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which has maintained that no remediation is necessary before the Town of Tonawanda Landfill is capped, announced plans for additional testing on the levels of uranium, radium and thorium buried at the site. Residents intend to continue their fight to have the wastes removed.
"All the money that's been spent on testing, they could have removed the stuff already," said Joyce Hogenkamp, a founder of Clean Up Riverview's Environment.
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--- Janice L. Habuda