Questions Concerning Kensington Tower Asbestos Contamination

August 11, 2011 Updated Aug 11, 2011 at 11:42 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

August 11, 2011 Updated Aug 11, 2011 at 11:42 PM EDT


Buffalo, NY

Despite their best efforts, it appears residents affected by possible asbestos contamination left a meeting at the Pratt Willert Community Center with more questions than answers Thursday night.

It took a letter from Buffalo mayor Byron Brown to push the Municipal Housing Authority to test the air near the Kensington Heights Towers after contractors the Authority hired were charged in a 23 count federal indictment last week for improperly disposing of asbestos at the housing project.

According to the indictment, workers were instructed by the contracting company to cut holes in the floors of the buildings and dump the asbestos inside them, they also allegedly failed to use enough water on the hazardous material or store it safely.

The threat of asbestos polluting the air so close to three local schools, a park and hospital has outraged parents.

It is not clear when the air testing will begin on behalf of the Authority. Congresswoman Louise Slaughter has also written a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency asking them to look into the matter.