BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Erie County Health Department is addressing health concerns related to the Bethlehem Steel fire in Lackawanna.
The top recommendation is avoiding smoke as much as possible, says Gale Burstein, Erie County Health Commissioner. That smoke was blown by the wind to the south away from the plant complex and towards Hamburg and other Southtowns.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released a statement on efforts to address the issue of smoke inhalation due to the steel mill fire.
Several experts from the EPA are taking tests of particulate matter in the area. Erie County Hazmat also set up air sampling sites in Hamburg while conducting routine air sampling in areas downwind of the fire.
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz told reporters that to this point they are not detecting any toxic or increased levels of materials in the air.
Burstein also said that the Erie County Water Authority reports no impact to water supply or quality due to the fire.