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NY says radioactive soil removed from Niagara Falls plaza

August 31, 2018

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — New York parks officials say crews have removed radioactive soil that was discovered near the entrance of Niagara Falls State Park.

The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation says Friday the contaminated soil was never accessible to the public after being exposed during construction earlier this summer at the Prospect Point Welcome Plaza.

Parks spokesman Randy Simons says the TENORM — or technologically enhanced naturally occurring radioactive material — was believed to be decades-old industrial waste. Petroleum-based waste from when the site had a parking lot and bus depot also was removed.

Parks officials say in all, an estimated 3 million pounds of material was removed at a cost of about $725,000. It was shipped to a Springfield, Ohio, landfill.

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