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2 years after fatal Lockport fire, residents still concerned about air quality

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) - Two years after a fatal fire at Lockport's High Tread International tire recycling plant, residents are still concerned about air quality. 

Bright Street resident Joe DiPasquale, who is now running as a Democrat for the New York State Assembly, said environmental concerns pushed him to enter politics. 

DiPasquale lives just blocks away from the plant, but said the thick black smoke affected people further away also. 

"The smoke plume blew east, so people east of this neighborhood were hit hard. Harder," he said. 

Lockport resident Jean Kiene would like to see a comprehensive health study done in the area to determine what if any pollutants remain in the air following the fire, which took crews days to get under control.  

"Without a health study, it's very difficult to accurately say that the contamination is there but how could it not be there," she told News 4. 

Kiene is a member of Citizens Against Pollution of Niagara. 

News 4 reached out to the City of Lockport for an update on the High Tread site. We were referred to the building inspector, who has not yet returned our calls. 


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