Tonawanda Coke Working Group Updates

Clean Air continues to attend the Tonawanda Coke Working Group meetings to receive updates on the ongoing clean-up and provide oversight. The Town recently released a community update bulletin to review the progress made so far.

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At the most recent meeting, workers from Inventum, the firm conducting the clean up of the site, voiced that they continue to be surprised by new sources of contamination, such as an unexpected find of contaminants under an asbestos tank – as Clean Air members have warned for years, the site is far more contaminated than officials initially believed.

We were also given the following updates at this meeting –

  • 3970 tons solid waste and 6600 tons of hazardous waste have been removed from the site, with 9600 tons altogether recycled
  • The riverside coal lift is scheduled for demolition this spring, likely before March 15
  • The coal pipe that runs over River Road will also be demolished soon, likely in the latter half of 2023 or early 2024

If interested in learning more about the Tonawanda Coke Working Group, we encourage reviewing the previous meeting slides and notes available at and 

If you are interested in participating in the Tonawanda Coke Working Group, or in becoming generally more involved with clean up oversight of sites throughout the River Road corridor, please contact us today!

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