EPA bought out homeowners near Eighteen Mile Creek

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) — The closest families to Eighteen Mile Creek are all relocating away from the contaminated creek.

The Environmental Protection Agency staged a buyout of five families, working with a contractor to permanently relocate the families. The homes are set for demolition.

New York State authorities still warn people to stay away from soil near the creek after industrial use has left behind high amounts of PCB chemicals lead, arsenic and chromium. The EPA says it may never be able to pinpoint the sole source of the contamination.

All five families received fair market value for their properties.

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