TONAWANDA, N.Y. - Residents in the Town of Tonawanda learned the disturbing results of a new air quality study several weeks ago.
The Department of Health found that the total number of cancers were elevated among both males and females.
Residents said they wanted answers and that the air quality problem needed to be fixed.
On Wednesday night, Town of Tonawanda Supervisor Anthony Caruana told 2 On Your Side the matter is now out of their hands.
"We have written letters, now out of the local level," Caruana said. "We are asking them to look further at the studies done, find the sources and to remediate them."
The town has looked at the test results and believes the numbers indicate that the Grand Island toll barrier is among the biggest polluters, with cars often tied up in traffic.
Caruana says more studies and tests need to be done to find out the exact cause of the elevated chemical levels. He is urging people to write the EPA and the DEC.