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Don't move here: NT man puts up warning signs on his front lawn

Posted at 11:29 PM, Jul 09, 2018

1635 Nash Road, North Tonawanda, is the address to house that is about to be empty. And the owner wants to keep it that way.
 
“It's hard for people to understand. It's not something you can see,” said Todd Carson. Carson is the owner and he is about to move to Texas. His last bit of house work was setting this up in his front yard with warning signs. 

Carson says his home tested positive for toxins connected to the old landfill in his neighborhood.
Decades ago old Love Canal waste was dumped there. It's since been removed and incinerated.
Carson and dozens of his neighbors are suing the Town of Wheatfield and the companies that dumped toxins in the landfill.

The NYSDEC has tested around the landfill and neighboring properties, it said there were only trace amounts of toxins.  

Months ago, Carson stopped paying his mortgage.

“It was my choice to stop paying. But, the circumstances that led me to stop paying are not my doing,” added Carson.

The home is in foreclosure. That worries Carson. He doesn't want someone to buy the home without knowing about the toxic readings. He wants his neighbors to get out of their homes. Some have. Some can't afford to.

“They’re in a situation. It's hard to have two homes and two sets of bills. You still own the property. You can't sell the property. What do you do?” asked Carson.

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