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Area creek added to Superfund list

A contaminated Niagara County creek has been added to the federal Superfund list.
Congresswoman Kathy Hochul  says the Environmental Protection Agency has added the Eighteen Mile Creek corridor to the Superfund national priorities list, which will set in motion a cleanup plan.

Tests of sediment at the Niagara County creek site have turned up high levels of metals, including lead, copper and mercury, as well as pcbs or polychlorinated biphenyls, which have been linked to cancer.

The creek flows into Lake Ontario.

Authorities haven't pinpointed the source of the contamination but suspect industrial and municipal waste discharges.

The EPA says the creek has a history of industrial use dating to the 19th Century, when it was used as a source of hydroelectric power.