Residents, officials looking for answers about what is causing lingering scent

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — Residents in Niagara Falls describe the smell around the area as “rotten eggs” or “sulfur”. The residents have complained to officials and now they’re trying to figure out what exactly is causing the smell.

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster has formed a task force to look into where the smell is emitting from. He and residents believe the waste treatment plant is creating the smell.

“They’ve taken some attempts at corrective action in recent weeks but we’re interested to try to talk to them about potential long term solutions,” Dyster said.

The problem is coming at a time when the Niagara Falls community is looking to expand.

“It smells bad and that is certainly a hazard to the economy,” Dyster said.

He says the area is investing more than $350 million into the area; bringing in more businesses, building more hotels and expanding their parks.

“We’re kind of on our own,” he said. “The people making investments that live or go to church in the immediate vicinity – I think they’re the stakeholders and have an idea about the impact it’s having.”

Dyster says the task force will be relatively small with five or six local people serving on it. Their first course of action is to reach out to the water board and to tour the waste treatment facility.

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