Residents to learn more about impact of Lackawanna fire’s smoke following analysis

LACKAWANNA, N.Y. (WIVB) — The state has secured a commitment from Great Lakes Industrial Development to respond to smoke cleanup damage requests from homeowners following the fire at the former Bethlehem Steel site.

“The fire is out, but community residents living around the Bethlehem Steel Plant are struggling with its aftermath in their own homes,” DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said. “DEC
commends Great Lakes Industrial Development for agreeing to provide peace of mind for its Lackawanna neighbors. In addition, DEC and DOH, in partnership with the County, will continue to work with the community to provide further information on the nature and extent of the smoke plume.”

New York will conduct additional sampling in Lackawanna to get a better understanding of the smoke. Soot and ash will be collected for analysis.

When the results are in, the state and Erie County will schedule a community availability session to provide information to residents and answer questions.

Anyone whose home was impacted by smoke damage from the fire can call (716) 207-8685 to report property cleanup claims.

The owner of the former steel plant will provide a letter to each resident who was impacted by the smoke. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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