Buffalo Courier-Express August 21, 1952

Quinlan to Tour Tonawanda Plants in Fume Curb Effort

John C. Quinlan, chief inspector of the city Smoke Abatement Bureau, announced last night he and Town of Tonawanda officials will tour three plants there tomorrow to determine what chemical by-products are going out of their stacks, in an effort to curb chemical fume invasions from suburban plants.

Plants to be inspected are O-Cel-O, Inc., E.I. duPont de Nemours & Co., Inc. and the Dunlop Tire & Rubber Corp. Quinlan said he expects a report tomorrow on paint samples taken from damaged homes in the Black Rock and Riverside areas after recent sulfur fume attacks.

"A town of Tonawanda chemist Robert Rosser, expects to complete tests on the samples by tomorrow," Quinlan said, "and from his findings we may be able to track down the sources of the fumes."

A dozen or more complainants from homeowners over the recur about $50,000 damage, were recent fume palls, which have caused...received yesterday by Robert H. Childs, North District councilman.

Many inquired about possible civil action to recover cost of property damage. Others, contemplating a paint job on their houses, asked if it was safe to paint over the sulfur residue.

Childs consulted Quinlan, who in turn contacted local paint manufacturing experts for an answer. "I should also get results on this Monday." Quilan said.

Friday, the inspector made a plea to the Common Council's committee on capitol expenditures, to obtain money to buy smoke, dust and chemical testing equipment needed by the bureau to identify elements and locate sources of air pollution.

Quinlan estimated the apparatus would cost about $2,500 and it would take about $1,000 more annually to have samples processed by outside technicians in cases where members of his own staff are not qualified.

Dr. Berwyn F. Mattisow, County health commissioner, cautioned Friday that while the health department could shut down any plant determined the source of the fumes if people become ill from it, strengthening of local smoke abatement ordinances would be a more feasible solution to the problem.

Theodore Kobielski, supervisor of the 21st Ward, also continued to receive protests yesterday. The most vehement, Kobielski said came from Fred F. Staub, owner of the Riverside trucking Co., whose house has been damaged by the fumes.

Kobielski said he inspected the dwelling at 2385 Niagara St. and found several inches of discoloration on each row of shingles on the Tonawanda side of the house.

In seeking council of both state and county legal authorities, Kobielski said he hopes to meet with city and health department officials at a later date with a positive plan of action for their consideration.








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