Do Niagara Falls Citizens Still Fear The Area They Live In?
A close friend of mine, named Aaron Mats, has lived in the Niagara Falls area for most of his life. He is a solider of the United States Army Reserve and now holds a position at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Base, now a three-minute trip from the love canal. After speaking with him the other day, I asked him if he felt the clean ups in Niagara Falls were not conducted because as of today, the area is considered habitable, and not safe? He states “100% I feel like any clean up done in this area has been done at a bare minimum. Just looking at Cambria, Grand Island, Ransomville, there is radioactive material all over the place. The Lew-port school district is built on a radioactive site”.
I then asked, “Do you think the lack of clean ups done in the area are because of the huge amount of business it brings into healthcare?” and then presented that cancer rates in Niagara Falls have risen 10% in the last few years. Although he does state he will move out of the area at the first chance he gets, he does not feel that the cleanups aren’t completed due to health reasons, because it is hard to find concrete evidence to defend it, although it most likely is the leading cause of cancer rates. He additionally said, “the federal government has a range rating on if a place is habitable to live so they will not provide funding… look at flint”. So, although he disagrees, it’s great to get an outside opinion on the topic.