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Environment

DEC continues monitoring Peace Bridge air quality

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New state air monitoring shows air coming from the Niagara River and Lake Erie is pretty clean, until it goes across the Peace Bridge and its plaza.

The Department of Environmental Conservation is doing elaborate air monitoring at the bridge, checking the air before it gets there and then after it leaves the bridge.
Most of the information is posted continually on the department web site.

Pulmonary and asthma researcher Doctor Jamson Lwebuga-Mukasa says this shows how much pollution is coming from the bridge and being breathed by those living downwind.

Columbus Parkway activist Kathy Mecca says those pushing for a bridge expansion are ignoring the health issues.

"We find that very concerning that there is world-wide accepted scientific and medical data out there," Mecca said.

"The research was done at the Peace Bridge regarding air toxins and the adverse impact it is having on public health and those studies continue to be ignored."

Mecca and others living near the bridge have been pushing against the bridge expansion for years, especially because of the health issues.