I was driving over the south Grand Island bridge late this afternoon. It was a beautiful day, wasn’t it? Only it wasn’t very beautiful as I got to the Tonawandas. There was this very gray haze – smog – hanging over the 190 almost all the way to the Scajaquada. It smelled like petroleum so I figured it must have been either the Noco storage tanks or Dunlop. The smoke and smell just hung there.
I vaguely recall, as a little boy, seeing and smelling the same haze over most of South Buffalo and Lackawanna. As much as this area has suffered from the loss of heavy industry, I do not miss the pollution.
It was the first day in many years that I recalled a day as polluted as today.