Senator calls for action against Buffalo contractor…

Schumer takes personal interest in alleged dust violations.

Residents of a Seneca-Babcock neighborhood will get a visit Wednesday from Sen. Charles E. Schumer promising assistance in dealing with a local demolition company that the senator says appears to be in violation of federal clean air laws.

Battaglia Demolition, according to Schumer’s office, “demolishes up to 150 truckloads of concrete every day and the resulting dust wafts into the air and coats nearby homes, cars and pools, severely impacting quality of life and property values.

“Local residents are also concerned that these dust clouds – which may contain asbestos and silica, two toxins that are extremely damaging to human health – may have health impacts, especially for children,” the Schumer statement added.

Schumer is expected to call on officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to enforce its permitting requirements for Battaglia Demolition.

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