The Clean Air Coalition of Western New York was founded by residents in Tonawanda, NY who suspected that their health problems and the neighborhood stink was linked to the industrial plants in their neighborhood.

Based on sound data, The Coalition’s first act was to lead a resident driven campaign against Tonawanda Coke. This campaign resulted in an EPA enforcement action. In October of 2011 DEC reported a 86% reduction in benzene concentration from the continuous air monitor at Grand Island Boulevard, and a 68% reduction at the air monitor on Brookside Terrace. The readings over the past two years were compared to the 2009 Tonawanda air study.

There are are 53 industrial facilities in Tonawanda, the highest concentration of air regulated facilities in the state. Two major interstate highways intersect in the community and one holds a tollbooth where traffic congestion is a problem. We work every day to build community power to reduce environmental risks and better community health. Join us.

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In July of 2011 we received an EPA Care grant for our work in Tonawanda. CARE, Community Action for a Renewed Environment, is a competitive grant program that offers an innovative way for a community to organize and take action to reduce toxic pollution in its local environment.