- Associated Press - Monday, January 5, 2015

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (AP) - Sen. Charles Schumer will be in western New York to call on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to release a long-awaited plan for cleaning up radioactive waste left over from World War II’s Manhattan Project.

The U.S. military contracted a company in the town of Tonawanda to refine uranium ore used to develop the world’s first two atomic bombs in the 1940s. Schumer says waste left over from the project is contaminating the soil underneath the town’s former landfill.

The New York Democrat says the waste poses a potential health threat to people living near the landfill and students at an elementary school located just feet from the site.

Schumer will be at a residence adjacent to the landfill later Monday morning to push the federal government to produce its plan for cleaning up the site.

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