U.S. Court of Appeals Affirms Tonawanda Coke Convictions and Sentence
Tonawanda Coke was convicted of 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. Tonawanda Coke will pay $12.5 mil. and fund two community projects totally $12.2 mil. On January 11, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the second circuit affirmed the lower courts ruling.
What does this mean for the Tonawanda and WNY community impacted by Tonawanda Coke's pollution? We will better understand the extent the company’s pollution has had on our health and environment. The company was ordered to fund an $11mil health study and a $711,000 soil and air study. If you would like more information or volunteer, 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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