February/March 2023 E-Newsletter

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October – November 2022 Updates from Clean Air

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Although we still have a few weeks to go of winter, we are now past the hump – the sun in WNY will not set before 6pm until this fall. With these extra daylight hours, we hope you can make it to some of our evening events this month, including our Annual Meeting on March 28! Scroll down to read more. 

With Bread and Roses,

Chris, Bridge and Phil

Other Events in March

We have a full slate of events coming up for our members and supporters! Please register for each by clicking on the links below.

Sunday March 5
Join Clean Air and Dr. Jennifer Fendya for a Climate Cafe, where we will discuss how climate change is affecting us. 

Thursday, March 16 Join us online or in person for our March General Meeting!

Tuesday March 21
Join us in Tonawanda for a workshop on Zoning to prepare for the upcoming townwide rezoning process

Thursday March 28 

Our 2023 Annual Meeting – more info to the right.

Annual Meeting

March 28

Our Annual Meeting will be
the evening of Tuesday
March 28.

Click here to register!

We are planning a hybrid meeting, with the in-person event at Trinity Church, 371 Delaware Ave in downtown Buffalo.

Keep an eye our for your ballot for board members this month, either in the mail on in an email, and renew your membership for 2023 by making a donation of any amount!

Organization Updates

We are currently interviewing candidates for the role of Environmental Justice Organizer for the Delavan-Grider/ American Axle campaign.

We hope to be able to announce who our new staff member will be in our updates next month – possibly even at our Annual Meeting!

We also invite members to join our new Events Committee and our other various campaign teams. Contact us today

Tonawanda Coke Remediation

Progress continues on the clean up at Tonawanda Coke. Click here to read some of the recent updates, or read this recent coverage by The Buffalo News.

Interested in joining our team focused on a just clean up of Tonawanda Coke and all River Road sites, or in joining our team focused on just transition redevelopments throughout Tonawanda? Please connect with Bridge today!

Of note, the DEC is accepting comments on the proposed clean up plan for 3821 River Road, the parcel where Tonawanda Coke’s offices were, through this Friday March 3.

This site was originally developed by Allied Fibers and Plastics Company in the early 1950s and was operated as a manufacturing facility through 1982. Site operations by Allied included the polymerization of ethylene into low molecular weight polyethylene (trademark: A-C Polyethylene and Copolymers), which was finished into powder, pelleted and solid forms. It was then used as office and laboratory space, vehicle maintenance, and warehousing by the Tonawanda Coke Corporation (TCC) from the early 1980s up until the shutdown of TCC operations in October 2018.

Click here to read the announcement or click here to see the technical documents. Comments can be sent to Benjamin McPherson, NYS DEC Region 9 Office, Division of Environmental Remediation, 700 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY, 14209, or by phone: (716) 851-7220, or by email,  benjamin.mcpherson@dec.ny.gov. Comments are due this Friday March 3.

Just Transition in the Green Transition

Although we are not involved with the current unionization effort at the Buffalo TESLA facility, Clean Air stands in solidarity with the workers currently fighting for a union, and will share any information we hear of on actions the community can take in solidarity.

Without worker rights at the forefront, green jobs are not part of a Just Transition, and the unjust firing of these workers and the reports of continuing discriminatory practices at TESLA are just more examples of why we must fight for unionization of the green economy workforce during the pivot from a fossil fuel based economy to a renewable one.

On the same note, while we support the Build Public Renewables Act under the framework environmental and labor groups initially agreed to, we are appalled to hear about Governor Hochul’s proposed version, which weakens labor language.  We must work in coalition with labor and not allow the fossil fuel industry to pit residents against workers in our collective fight for Environmental Justice.

Norfolk Southern Derailment in East Palestine

We fielded several inquiries this month from WNY residents concerned about the Norfolk

Southern derailment in East Palestine, OH and it’s potential impact on WNY air and water quality.   

While the risk of any contamination traveling from the Ohio River Valley to Buffalo is *extremely* low, we feel there are many takeaways that WNY residents can draw from this incident that we shared in this 

blog post, including that we should feel compelled to support our fellow rust belt siblings in East Palestine and the surrounding area who are directly impacted. You can support the residents of East Palestine with these Mutual Aid pools – 

Action Alert

Proposed Regulations on PM2.5 Size

The EPA is proposing stronger  Particulate Matter regulations – COMMENTS DUE MARCH 28!

This is big news – the last revision was in 2012, and the new regulations as currently written would strengthen the PM2.5 standard from a level of 12 micrograms per cubic meter to a level between 9 and 10 micrograms per cubic meter.

However, while the new regulations would be a step above the current rules, this still would fall short of recommendations from the World Health Organization, and even the EPA’s own Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee.

Take action today to tell the EPA that we need them to go further with the new proposed regulation – click here to send a letter using the Mom’s Clean Air Taskforce toolkit, or click here to send a comment directly. The EPA is accepting comments through March 28, 2023.

Erie County Climate Action Showcase March 18

The Erie County Climate Action Taskforce will be sharing the draft Community Climate Action Plan with the public on Saturday March 18 from 11-2pm at D’Youville College! Click here to learn more.

NYRenews Climate Jobs and Justice Package Memo

Labor and Climate Justice Town Hall

ALIGN NY is holding a Town Hall on Zoom on March 2 at 6pm with State Senator Jessica Ramos and union leaders from DC37, UWUA, NYSNA, and UAW 9A on how climate change impacts workers and how we can move NY toward a renewable energy economy through the Climate, Jobs, and Justice Package. Register here!

BlueGreen Alliance IRA Resources

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is a massive infrastructure investment and the largest piece of federal legislation ever to address climate 

change. BlueGreen Alliance have posted some resources and toolkits on their website to help advocates understand this investment package.

Environmental Scholarships

The NY Water Environment Association (NYWEA) has scholarships available! Click here to learn more, but apply soon – the deadline to apply is TOMORROW, February 28, 2023!

NYRenews Climate Jobs and Justice Package Memo

report a polluter

See dark smoke or dust rising from an industrial site, or smell something foul?

Visit dec.ny.gov/regulations/67751.html to file a report, or, for rapid response, call 1-844-DEC-ECOS (1-844-332-3267) or the DEC Spill Hotline/Odor Hotline at 1-800-457-7362.

If you’d like CACWNY to support you, send us a copy of your report!

upcoming events calendar


Community and Coalition Events

Public Comment Deadlines and Hearings

mutual aid

Do you need a N95 mask? We have a limited supply available at the office for our members – send us a quick email and we’ll send a few your way! We encourage wearing masks at our in-person events, particularly during seasons of peak COVID transmission.

Be sure to check out the Buffalo Mutual Aid Network Facebook group, where mutual aid services and calls for donations and donations are being posted on an ongoing basis. You can also click here to join the Buffalo Snow Brigade. We also suggest checking out the resources at mutualaiddisasterrelief.org as well as their new website relieftoolkit.com.

If interested in joining mutual aid efforts with Clean Air, particularly in the realm of community resiliency amid climate change,
please reach out to Bridge.

monthly staff recs

We’ve all been enjoying “The Last of Us” this month – and are feeling far more cautious about any patches of mold on bread we find!

Interested in joining our Tonawanda Tomorrow or River Road campaigns, Proof of Work campaign, or supporting NYRenews/climate justice?

Interested in joining our Peabody Street, TESLA campaigns, Energy Democracy Alliance, or other Just Transition campaign work?

Interested in joining our
American Axle campaign?

Interested in joining our events committee, mutual aid team, or want to connect with CACWNY about an emerging campaign or issue?


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