What Will Happen With Toxic Waste Near Le Roy High School?

February 4, 2012 Updated Feb 4, 2012 at 6:11 PM EDT

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What Will Happen With Toxic Waste Near Le Roy High School?

February 4, 2012 Updated Feb 4, 2012 at 6:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON, DC ( release / WKBW ) The attention of the nation seems to be focused on the small community of Le Roy, New York as experts try and figure out what is causing a mysterious illness that has impacted high school students there.

Recent environmental activists point to an area where chemicals spilled in a train accident December 6, 1970 as a probable cause.

While the debate on whether environmental toxins are to blame, the question lately is what to do with the waste that remains in barrels there.

On Friday, it was reported that the waste might be transported to Niagara County. However New York State Senator George Maziarz put a stop to that.

On Saturday, Eyewitness News obtained a statement from the EPA on the status of the drums stored in Le Roy.

"EPA continues to sample the content of the drums at the Lehigh Valley Derailment Superfund site and plans to remove them to an appropriate waste disposal facility before the end of the month. The contents of the drums are soil and rock material from the digging of the ground water monitoring wells at the site. The sampling is necessary to characterize the material so we know where to dispose of the drums.

EPA has not yet made a determination about where the drums will be sent, but there are multiple licensed waste disposal sites that can receive them. We continue to work closely with Senators Schumer and Gillibrand and Representative Hochul to address the concerns of the Le Roy community."

Eyewitness News will continue to follow this story.