July-August Monthly Email Newsletter

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October – November 2022 Updates from Clean Air

These Barbies Fight for Environmental Justice!

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We have a lot of campaign updates to share with you today, including a couple actions you can take right now!
Scroll down to read more.

With Bread and Roses,

Bridge, Chris, and Phil

Seneca-Babcock Updates

We continue to push the state and city courts to hold the owner of a former illegal concrete crushing operation, Peter Battaglia, accountable.

Buffalo City Housing Court has so far shown deference to Battaglia. Most recently, he was given another two months to clean up or sell his Seneca Street commercial property. Illegal dumping continues, and the court has not addressed his decrepit residential property on Peabody Street.

In state court, there has been more progress. Battaglia was recently fined $1 million for his failure to clean up his commercial property.

His failure to cleanup the site resulted in a contempt hearing in court, which our longtime member organizer Diane Lemanski testified at, alongside executive director Chris Murawski.

Your membership and donation dollars help us with these costly court battles – make a donation today to help us win!


Tonawanda Rezoning

The Town of Tonawanda has released it’s draft zoning code and map for public review!

Click here to read the draft documents and related materials.

The public comment period is currently slated to close on August 31. Residents we have spoken with while canvassing are unaware this public comment period is open, much less that it’s ending in a few weeks. Please take a moment to send a letter to the town planner requesting an extension!

This is a crucial and unique opportunity to codify environmental justice policies into town law.

Learn more at our Zoning Workshops at the Sheridan Parkside Community Center, 169 Sheridan Parkside Drive in Tonawanda – drop by anytime from 4-8pm on Tuesday August 15 or Tuesday August 29.

Please register for the workshops today and bring friends!

Already know what you want to say?
Click here to submit your comments!

Power Building Movement Mixer

August 17

Our next Power Building Movement Mixer will be Thursday August 17 from 4:30-6pm at Flying Bison Brewery, 840 Seneca Street in the Seneca-Babcock area of Buffalo!

RSVP via the Facebook event by clicking here, and please invite/bring along any friends involved in the collective fight for justice and equity!

We build power by forging strong personal connections, but COVID disrupted these bonds. Our aim with these mixers is to strengthen relationships between not only Clean Air members and supporters, but also with supporters of peer organizations by sharing a collective social space.

Summer Canvassing

Want to canvass in the Tonawandas/ Black Rock-Riverside with Bridge? Click here to sign up for a shift.

Want to join Phil canvassing in Lovejoy and Seneca-Babcock? Send him a quick email.

Breathing Free Community Leaders

Apply Today for a Free PurpleAir Monitor!

As we mentioned in our July General Meeting, our application for members and supporters who are interested in being a neighborhood leader for our Breathing Free Community Air Monitoring Program, hosting a PurpleAir Monitor, or for those who want to get involved more generally in this program, is now open! Click here to sign up!
Want to watch the recording from our General Meeting of our Wildfire Smoke presentation? Click here!

NYS DEC East Buffalo Environmental Forum/ Community Air Monitoring Update Meeting

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation will host an East Buffalo Environmental Forum on Wednesday August 9, 5:30-7pm and every second Wednesday of the month moving forward at the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave in Buffalo.  

This is a space hosted by NYS DEC where residents can raise and discuss environmental concerns in their neighborhood and work towards solutions with our environmental regulators. Clean Air will be attending as an advocate and helping to turn out the community.

This month, the meeting will double as the DEC Region 9 Community Air Monitoring Initiative update meeting, which is a DEC-led initiative running separate but parallel to our Community Air Monitoring project. 

To join this meeting virtually, or for more information, please contact Kayla Baker (kayla.baker@dec.ny.gov) or call 716-541-9631.

Support the Rebuilding of the Newtown Longhouse

This past Friday, Clean Air was honored to co-sponsor a fundraiser by Nekanęhsakt: Friends of Ękwehęwę to help raise funds to rebuild the Newton Longhouse, a vital spiritual cornerstone of the Seneca Nation, which recently was destroyed in a devastating fire. Please support this effort by making a donation today – gofundme.com/f/rebuild-the-newtown-longhouse.

❗NYRenews Action Alert❗

No False Solutions!

New York state is developing a cap-trade-and-invest emissions cap program based on Governor Hohcul’s proposal in the 2023-24 budget.

As the program is developed, it’s critical that the new pollution caps be designed to identify false energy solutions as what they are: fuels that harm health and exacerbate the climate crisis.

Email regulators to say no to false solutions today!

Clean Air Joins Joint Letter in Opposition to Lockport Plastics Plant

Earlier this month, Clean Air joined a joint letter to the Lockport IDA in opposition to tax credits for a proposed plastics plant. This plant would require importing the same hazardous chemicals by rail that caused the black smoke plume in East Palestine, OH following the train derailment.

This proposal has, for now, been put on hold following the reveal that the company included a fake study generated with ChatGPT as part of their supporting documentation. Shout out to Dr. Lourdes Vera for flagging the fake paper!

Volunteer Opportunity – See The Lumineers at Darien Lake for Free!

REVERB, an environmental nonprofit working to make the music industry more sustainable, is looking for volunteers to help promote environmental causes at the upcoming Lumineers Show in Darien Center, NY at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, August 22nd.

Volunteers will receive a pass to watch the show and a tee shirt! Click here to apply.

Recent News Coverage of Unconventional Pollutant Health Impacts

Of note, two articles recently came out on unconventional health impacts from pollutants –

Washington Post – “Wildfire smoke may be having a negative impact on your mental health

New York Times – “Noise Could Take Years Off Your Life. Here’s How.

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

also see list at bit.ly/CleanAirEvents

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.

Support Mutual Aid for Guam

Current climate disaster responses – Guam and Vermont.

Monthly Staff Recs

Not only should you go out and watch Barbie, we also recommend that you be sure to toss on something pink to enhance the experience! Clean Air staff went as a group to watch in July.

Chris, Phil and Bridge in front of Barbie poster

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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