Department of Justice Releases $5.5 million to Study How Tonawanda Coke's Pollution Impacted Our Community
In March 2013, Tonawanda Coke was convicted on 11 counts of violating the Clean Air Act for releasing coke oven gas containing enormous amounts of benzene and other toxins into the air. They were also convicted on three counts of violating the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act for polluting the ground with dangerous coal tar sludge. As part of the their sentence, the U.S. Department of Justice released (Sept. 2016) $5.5 million to study how Tonawanda Coke poisoned our community. In total, the company is funding the $11mil health study (University at Buffalo) and our $711,000 soil study. Check out the recent news coverage. To participate or more information, please contact us.
The Power of a Few: Citizens Use Science to Stop Illegal Polluter. In 2003, Jackie James-Creedon was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a painful neuromuscular disorder. In the same year she met Adele Henderson, another ill-affected community member. They suspected their health problems and diminished quality of life were most likely linked to polluted air continually emitted from the many local factories. Joined by two others, Bob Hirsch and Tim Logsdon, in 2004 they formed the Clean Air Coalition of Western New York (CACWNY). When they found that little scientific research had been conducted concerning their neighborhood, they went to work and did their own. In 2005, they formed a Bucket Brigade and used a 5 gallon bucket from Home Depot, plastic baggies and a hand-held vacuum to test their air. [Read More...]
Check out the latest soil test results from our on going soil sampling and testing project in the Tonawanda's and Grand Island, NY
On September 30, 2014, CSCR director, Jackie James Creedon, was cited with honors by the US Environmental Protection Agency by receiving the Environmental Quality Award for her leadership and citizen science work in the fight against clean air violations at a foundry coke manufacturer, Tonawanda Coke Corp. (just north of Buffalo, NY). In her blog, she writes of her personal experiences and struggles working as an environmental activist in her home town, Tonawanda, NY, while coping with a chronic illness.
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