New Plan to Monitor Air Near Peace Bridge

July 6, 2012 Updated Jul 6, 2012 at 7:54 AM EDT

By WKBW News

July 6, 2012 Updated Jul 6, 2012 at 7:54 AM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) – The Department of Environmental Conservation will be unveiling a new plan to monitor the air surrounding the Peace Bridge. Many resident on Buffalo’s West side are complaining of serious health problems because of the exhaust.

That exhaust is coming from 18-wheelers that idle on the bridge as they wait hours to cross into the U.S. A new plan is in the works try and stop that pollution. In addition, Governor Andrew Cuomo has asked the Federal government to allow some truck drivers to be pre-screened to cross the boarder, cutting down on time. They hope this will end some of the health problems for people living close by.

"We have 22,000 West Side residents that have been sickened with asthma and upper respiratory disease that are being treated,” Kathy Mecca said.

Kathy Mecca is an activist who has been sounding an alarm for quite some time over these health issues on the West side.

This announcement has little to do with ongoing debate over building a new peace bridge. That issue is still caught up in court.