Chemours closing Niagara Falls plant

News and analysis by Dan Telvock, Investigative Post's environmental reporter

Niagara Falls is losing not only 200 jobs but one of its riskiest air polluters with the announcement Tuesday that the Chemours Company is closing its plant on Buffalo Avenue the end of next year.

An Investigative Post analysis of federal Environmental Protection Agency this summer  showed the Buffalo Avenue plant’s air pollution poses the second-greatest risk to public health of any manufacturing plant in Niagara County because of its release of chlorine. In addition, a review of Occupational Safety and Health Administration data found the Niagara Falls plant had the worst worker safety record of any of the dozen plants in Niagara County we looked at.

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The plant operated for years as DuPont before it spun a portion of the operation off under Chemours, which is eliminating 400 jobs companywide in a move that will save an estimated $50 million annually.

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster said he is working with the company and state officials to devise a plan to keep the plant open.