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BUFFALO, N.Y. - West Side residents have long complained about trucks crossing the Peace Bridge because of diesel fumes that have been linked to respiratory illnesses.

They now have another reason to be uncomfortable with truck traffic: rigs carrying high-level radioactive cargo.

Federal authorities in May gave approval for a company to truck spent nuclear fuel over the Peace Bridge. They say there haven't been any leaks or other problems involving similar shipments elsewhere.

But some experts and activists are concerned the route approval is a prelude to shipping highly radioactive liquid waste. This would be unprecedented for North America, let alone the Peace Bridge, and is regarded as a far riskier proposition.

For more on this investigation, please visit the Investigative Post site (www.investigativepost.org).