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BUFFALO, N.Y. - A month-and-a-half ago, Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared his intent to open Gallagher Beach near the South Buffalo - Lackawanna border for public swimming. Congressman Brian Higgins is pushing to open the beach as soon as next summer.

Not so fast, concluded an analysis by Erie County's former senior public health engineer.

He concluded opening Gallagher Beach for swimming is "probably impractical" because of a raft of environmental concerns. The analysis, coupled with reporting by our environmental reporter Dan Telvock, painted a picture of a beach whose waters rest in a harbor basin contaminated with PCBs and whose neighbors include two Superfund sites that are leaching toxins into Lake Erie and the Outer Harbor.

This begs the question: What is the state going to do to ensure the water is safe to swim in?

The coverage concerning the State and Gallagher Beach continues on the Investigative Post site.