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WNY’s Most Toxic Site Defies U.S. Effort, Threatens Water (Part 3 of 3) [Buffalo News]

Apr 23, 2013 | Posted in News

If nature runs its slow course, West Valley’s hilltop plateau where nuclear wastes are stockpiled could erode in as soon as 150 years.

Or, some fear that fueled by dramatic climatic events, the plateau could wash away in torrential downpours like the one that hit nearby Gowanda four summers ago.

Either way, radioactive material would wash through several feeder streams into Cattaraugus Creek and then into Lake Erie, the Niagara River and on into Lake Ontario, fouling the drinking water for millions of people in Western New York and southern Ontario.

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