Asthma epidemic near Peace Bridge

An Investigative Post report produced in partnership with WGRZ has found a strong link between Peace Bridge pollution, especially diesel truck fumes, and high asthma rates in the neighborhood adjacent to the bridge.

An analysis of scientific studies and other data shows asthma rates on the Lower West Side are about four times the national average and residents with asthma can be found in nearly one in three households in the neighborhood. Seven public schools on the West Side report more than 500 students suffer from asthma, including one-quarter of pupils at the elementary school located just two blocks from the bridge entrance.

A federal study has established a link between diesel fumes and asthma and other respiratory illnesses.

See The Buffalo News on Sunday for a complete story by Dan Telvock, environmental reporter for Investigative Post. The story will also publish Sunday at Investigative Post’s website.