Niagara Falls mayor Jim Diodati said he appreciates the Niagara Parks Commission disclosing that it used the herbicide 2,4,5-T until 1974.
Banned by the federal government in 1985, 2-4-5-T is the most toxic component of Agent Orange because of the presence of the dioxin 2,3,7,8-TCDD.
On Wednesday, the Niagara Parks Commission said in a meeting that it had used the formerly common herbicide from the 1950s until 1974.
According to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine, Agent Orange has been linked to chronic lymphocytic leukemia, soft-tissue sarcomas, Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, and chloracne.
There is also limited evidence that suggests an association with certain cancers, multiple myeloma, Type 2 diabetes, and spina bifida in the children of U.S. veterans who served in Vietnam when Agent Orange was sprayed, according to the Institute of Medicine.