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Niagara Falls mulls going into wastewater businessNiagara Falls, NY, considers treating fracking waste as critics raise objections
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) ' Officials in economically struggling Niagara Falls are considering going into the business of treating toxic wastewater from fracking, the natural gas drilling technique that involves pumping chemical-laced water into the earth.
The city's water board says its specialized wastewater treatment plant can handle more business since the decline of the chemical industry it was designed for.
Once treated, the fracking wastewater would either be discharged into the Niagara River upstream of Niagara Falls or be reused in drilling.
Critics say importing the wastewater should be the last thing Niagara Falls should consider, given its experience with the Love Canal environmental disaster in the 1970s.
Some have expressed concern about the environmental impact to the river and adjoining lakes and possible adverse effects on human health.
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