Community Organizing Under A New EPA

Everything we've worked for is at risk.

Clean Air has been running and winning campaigns for health and equity in Western New York for 10 years. We have pushed decision makers in our region to prioritize the health of neighborhoods. We have fought to be the ones making decisions about policies that directly impact us.

Today, data shows that the level of pollutants in Erie County are the lowest on record in the last seven years. In Tonawanda alone, benzene – a known carcinogen – has been reduced by 92%. We did this together because we organized with bravery and strategy, and we are winning. Buffalo News – Benzene Reduced 92%

Today, our work is at risk of being dismantled. Last week the Trump administration froze new scientific grants at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These grants fund state air monitors, restore watersheds, clean up and develop brownfields, reduce industrial emissions through pollution prevention upgrades, and support environmental justice communities. You can read about our previous work with the EPA here, EPA Supports Tonawanda Air Monitoring

In addition, the nomination of Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the EPA poses a direct threat to the health and quality of life of our members. Pruitt’s nomination signals the elimination of critical environmental, climate, and public health regulations.

If confirmed, we expect policies protecting environmental justice in communities like WNY and enforcement of those policies to be targeted, weakened, and altogether eliminated. We need to act now. Resourcing our continued fight together is of the utmost importance.

Here’s what you can do:

Give $19.63 in honor of the year the Clean Air Act was passed

Give $45 in honor of the 45th President of the United States

Give $100 and up in honor of Scott Pruitt, who is Trump’s pick to head EPA, and we’ll send him an acknowledgement of your donation to protect our climate and our neighborhoods.

Call Senator Schumer(716 – 846-4111) & Senator Gillibrand(716- 854-9725) office – thanking them for voicing oppositions to Jeff Sessions and Scott Pruitt, and asking them  to continue to urge others to vote “no” on both appointments.



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