BUFFALO, N.Y. - The City of Buffalo will pay a $21,094 fine and spend $79,000 on nine community recycling events as punishment for numerous violations of federal hazardous waste laws under an agreement announced Thursday with the Environmental Protection Agency.
City officials also agreed to improve its management of hazardous waste and spent lamps- a commitment the city failed to honor three years ago.
The EPA conducted two investigations in 2008 and 2011 that found various violations of hazardous waste laws that put city employees and neighborhood residents at risk of potential mercury poisoning and chemical explosions.
The settlement comes two days after Investigative Post's report on the city's sloppy handling of spent lamps and hazardous waste.
Watch Dan Telvock's report on the settlement in the video player on this page.