Campaign News

Press inquiries about the Clean Air Coalition should be directed to:

Erin Heaney
Executive Director

3/6/2012 – The Buffalo News, Federal grant to tackle air pollution issues

3/6/2012 – Tonawanda News, EPA delivers ‘CARE’ package

3/5/2012 – YNN News, Local environmental project recieves grant from EPA

2/28/2012 – Tonawanda News, Political pressure

2/27/2012 – Buffalo News, DEC urged to continue monitoring air quality

2/1/2012 – WIVB, Air monitoring sought near Peace Bridge

2/1/2012 – Tonawanda News, DEC: No plans to remove monitor

2/1/2012 – WKBW,Ryan Calls for DEC to Conduct Air Monitoring on Buffalo’s West Side

1/24/2012 – Tonawanda News, Clean Air group fights plan

1/18/2012 – Forbes, Weighing the Environmental Costs of Economic Recovery

11/4/2011 – WKBW, Questions Arise About Buffalo Fire Department

11/3/2011 – WIVB, Residents concerned by industrial fires

10/20/2011 – WGRZ, Benzene Levels On The Decline in Tonawanda

10/20/2011 – Buffalo News, 3-year monitoring of air shows big drop in carcinogens

10/19/2011 – WIVB, Air around Tonawandas getting cleaner

10/19/2011 – Grow WNY, Clean Air Coalition Returns from EPA Headquarters

10/19/2011 –, Common Council Hearing

9/30/2011 –, E3 Helps NY State Businesses Green Operations

9/30/2011 – The Tonawanda News, A win-win plan

9/30/2011 – WNED, Tonawanda Polluters Lent a Hand by Experimental EPA Program

9/30/2011 – U.S., Government and Community Partners Launch Tonawanda Sustainability Initiative; Goals are to Reduce Pollution and Promote Business Innovation

9/20/2011 – WBFO, WNY Coalition calls for public health response to industrial fires

9/20/2011 – WIVB, Scrapyard blaze prompts health concerns

9/20/2011 – WNED, County Criticized on Air Quality Monitoring

8/16/2011 – WBFP, Residents want answers to air testing from industrial fire

8/16/2011 – WGRZ, Coalition Looking For Answers From Emergency Response

8/16/2011 – Buffalo News, Residents concerned about effects from Niagara Lubricant fire

7/26/2011 – YNN, Test find toxins in air following Chandler St. fire

7/26/2011 – WIVB, Test shows noxious air from raging fire

7/15/2011 – YNN, Air quality not tested at site of major fire

7/15/2011 – WIVB, Concerns linger over Chandler St fire

7/13/2011 – WIVB, Acrid, black smoke fills neighborhood

7/8/2011 – WBFO, WNY benefits from EPA rule

4/5/2011 – Buffalo News, Environmental giant challenges residents to demand air quality

4/4/2011 – WBFO, Clean Air Coalition moves to become proactive

4/4/2011 – The Buffalo News, Good Morning, Buffalo

4/4/2011 – WBFO, Environmental scientist to speak in Tonawanda

3/15/2011 – The Buffalo News, Air quality initiative wins board’s support

1/29/2010 – The Buffalo News, EPA vows to get tough on River Road plant

1/28/2010 – The Tonawanda News, EPA slaps coke plant with multiple violations

1/28/2010 – Channel 2, EPA Orders Tonawanda Coke to Clean Up or Face Sanctions

1/28/2010 – Channel 7, EPA Tonawanda Coke to “Clean Up It’s Act”

1/28/2010 – The Buffalo News, EPA vows to get tough on River Road plant

12/28/2009 – Buffalo Rising, Tonawanda Coke Arrest: Breathe Easy

12/23/2009 – Channel 4, Arrest after raid on Tonawanda Coke

12/23/2009 – The Buffalo News, Tonawanda Coke official accused of environmental crimes

12/23/2009 – Channel 7, Top Official at Tonawanda Coke Arrested

12/23/2009 – The Buffalo News, Donn Esmonde: The cavalry finally comes to coke plant

12/20/2009 – Re-Energize Buffalo, Feds Raid Carcinogen-Emitting Coke Plant

12/18/2009 – Buffalo News, Coke plant officials targeted in EPA raid

12/18/2009 – Channel 4, Fed raid Tonawanda Coke

12/18/2009 – Channel 7, Tonawanda Coke Raided by Federal Agents, Video

12/18/2009 – Channel 7, Tonawanda Coke Raided by Federal Agents

12/18/2009 – Buffalo News, Federal agents raid Tonawanda Coke

12/7/2009 – Tonawanda News, Town of Tonawanda: Air group asking about Tonawanda Coke’s coal tar byproducts

12/7/2009 – Channel 4, Protestors rally against Tonawanda Coke

12/7/2009 – Channel 7, Residents Have Questions for Tonawanda Coke

10/23/2009 – Grand Island Dispatch, Officials go on offense vs. Tonawanda Coke

10/23/2009 – Representative Slaughter Joins our Fight

10/21/2009 – Buffalo News (front page), Study finds danger in the air around Tonawanda Coke

10/20/2009 – Buffalo News Supports a plan for benzene reduction

10/20/2009 – Law makers ask probe of Tonawanda coke plant

10/20/2009 – JD Crane’s interview with the Tonawanda News

10/16/2009 – EPA gives assurance on Tonawand coke plant

10/16/2009 – Toxic Air in Tonawanda, Channel 4

10/15/2009 – Plant Owner Urged to Talk about Benzene

10/14/2009 – Gillibrand to discuss Tonawanda Coke with EPA

10/14/2009 – Donn Esmond – Plant Owner should meet with Residents

10/14/2009 – Political Support Overview in the Tonawanda News

10/5/2009 –, Bringing Good Ideas Home to Buffalo

10/5/2009 – Buffalo Rising, Community Demands a Plan for Benzene Reduction

WICU in Erie, PA covers CACWNY campaign

6/26/2009 – Channel 4, WIBV: Crusade to Clean the Tonawanda Air

6/25/2009 – Channel 7 News: Tonawanda Residents Meet with Health Officials to Discuss Cancer Surveillance Study

6/23/2009 – Tonawanda News: TOWN OF TONAWANDA: Schumer Joins Clean Air Chorus

6/23/2009 – Buffalo News: Tonawanda Coke Urged to Cut Benzene Emissions

6/15/2009 – Channel 7 News: Why is Tonawanda Coke Silent?

6/12/2009 – Channel 7 News: DEC Takes Action to Reduce Air Pollution at Tonawanda Coke

5/20/2009 – Buffalo News:Residents berate coke plant owner

5/19/2009 – Tonawanda News: TOWN OF TONAWANDA: CAC group organizing members, awaiting results

5/19/2009 – Clean Air Coalition Takes on the Tonwanda Coke Plant

5/18/2009 – ArtVoice BUffalo: Clean Air Coalition Takes on the Tonwanda Coke Plant

3/1/2009 – WNY Politics Web Site:2 Courageous Women Profiled on WNYWomenToday…Ianello Wants All Contracts Reviewed

3/1/2009 – WNY Politics Web Site: Is DEC’s Blind Spot Causing WNY’s High Cancer Rates?

2/20/2009 – Tonawanda News: TOWN OF TONAWANDA: Activists preparing a community push

1/9/2009 – Tonawanda News: TOWN OF TONAWANDA: County lawmakers put pressure on Tonawanda Coke

12/9/2008 – Channel 2 coverage of USA Story

12/2008 – USA Today: The Smokestack Effect – Toxic Air and America’s Schools

12/5/2008 – Tonawanda News: ERIE COUNTY: Legislature looks into air quality concerns

11/19/2008 – Tonawanda News: DEC needs more time to study benzene data

11/21/2008 – Tonawanda News: Grant Helps Group Inform Public of Health Risks

11/6/2008 – Tonawanda News: DEC to unveil air test results

11/22/2008 – Buffalo News: Group Seeks Meeting on Benzene

10/15/2008 – Tonawanda News: TOWN OF TONAWANDA: Bucket activists work to collect air samples

8/1/2008 – Channel 7: Continuing Coverage: More concerns over air quality in one Tonawanda Neighborhood

7/15/2008 – Tonawnda News: Air quality draws concern from Sen. Shumer

6/15/2008 – Buffalo News: Volunteers sought for air-quality study

4/20/2008 – Tonawanda News: TONAWANDA: DEC releases decision on Coke siteTonowanda coke

3/2/2008 – What’s in the Air? Tonawanda has higher than recommended pollutents

1/21/2008 – Tonawanda News: Community group looks to clear the area, local volunteers needed

12/5/2007 – Clean Air Coaltion awarded $24,000 for study

8/3/2007 – Tonawanda News: TOWN OF TONAWANDA: DEC study will determine if there are risks from plant emissions

4/4/2007 – Tonawanda News: EPA Awards DEC $300K for year-long air study

1/19/2007 – Tonawanda News: CITY OF TONAWANDA: Air monitoring devices to measure radon, benzene

2/17/2005 – Buffalo News:Two plants accused of air pollution

Other Useful Links:

Facts About Benzene

What the EPA says about benzene

Bucket Brigade Info

New York State DEC’s Air Pollution website