August 29, 2014 3:41 am

NY launches air quality study in neighbourhood near Peace Bridge in Buffalo

A file photo of the Peace Bridge.

David Duprey/ AP / The Canadian Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The state Department of Environmental Conservation has launched a yearlong study of air quality in the neighbourhood near the Peace Bridge in Buffalo.

The study will monitor seasonal changes in air quality associated in traffic patterns around the bridge.

Local resident Kathleen Mecca tells the Buffalo News (http://bit.ly/1u1ugIg ) that another study isn’t needed. She says there’s already scientific proof the air is unsafe.

Mecca, president of the Niagara Gateway Columbus Park Association, says residents want trucks moved off the bridge to alleviate the air problem.

DEC performed a six-month air monitoring study near the Peace Bridge in 2012 and 2013 that focused on particulate matter and black carbon and found the air quality met state and federal standards. Environmental groups criticized that study.

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