LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) - People who live along a contaminated creek in Niagara County are closer to getting answers.
Shirley Nicholas gets disgusted thinking about what's hiding in the water and the sediment along 18-Mile Creek.
"When you stand there, it smells so bad you can't stand it," Nicholas said.
She and her husband bought their house near the creek about eight years ago.
Nicholas said, "And at that time we didn't know all the chemicals that were over there."
The ruins of the creek's primary polluter, the former Flintkote Plant, remain standing.
"We were assured that very shortly this would be cleaned up and a park built," Nicholas recalled.
The state has studied the creek and sediment for 15 years. The EPA named it a superfund site more than a year ago. And though soil samples were recently taken, and residents know of some pollutants, they still have not received the big picture from officials or a cleanup timetable.
Nicholas said, "Arsenic, chromium, copper, lead and zinc. And since then they've added a few other things."
Flags and paint mark off sections of her yard and the state will be back to test again.
The EPA is holding a meeting Wednesday night and Nicholas is mailing out her own fliers to get the word out.
Nicholas said, "I have to get people's attention so they start caring. They got to care about the people next door - the people in the next block."
The EPA meeting will be held at the 4H Training Center at the Niagara County Fairgrounds at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
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