December/January Monthly Update – Starting Off 2024 Strong, Thanks to You!

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October – November 2022 Updates from Clean Air

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A sincere THANK YOU to everyone who supported our End of Year Appeal – we’re still reviewing the final results, but it’s clear that we met and exceeded our goal of raising 30k to start 2024 off on firm ground!

Your support and member leadership is always appreciated – if you would like to make a late donation towards our End of Year Appeal, you can still do so through our MightyCause page, or directly through our website, and if you are not currently engaged with one of our campaign teams, you can reach out to the staff organizer coordinating the team you are interested in about joining. Phil coordinates our Lovejoy and Seneca-Babock teams, Cindy coordinates our Delavan-Grider and East Side teams, Bridge coordinates our Tonawanda teams, and Gia and Chris coordinate our membership-at-large.

All team members need to be current members or supporters of Clean Air. Any donation made to us directly by individuals who live within our membership areas counts as annual membership dues.

With Bread and Roses,

Bridge, Chris, Cindy, Gia and Phil

Huntley Update

The NYS Court of Appeals recently ruled in favor of the Town of Tonawanda in their fight for Eminent Domain of the former NRG Huntley Coal-Fired Power Plant!

As the Buffalo News Editorial Board noted, this is a long-overdue ruling and should finally move the work to remediate the contamination at the site forward as well as open the site up to redevelopment on a faster timeline.

Regardless of who owns the site, our Tonawanda Tomorrow Team will be advocating for a Community Benefits Agreement or other legally binding community control with future site redevelopment, and our River Road Watchdogs will continue to push for the clean up of the ash ponds. If you are interested in joining one of our Tonawanda Teams (or maybe even both!) please contact Bridge.

January General Meeting

Did you resolve to get more involved with Clean Air in 2024?

Join us online on January 24, 2024 from 5:30-7pm for our next bi-monthly general meeting!
Please click here to register.

As we expect 2024 to be a politically charged year, we are kicking off by discussing how to Combat Fascism and Authoritarianism by Organizing for Environmental Justice.

Because of the recent spike in covid rates and other respiratory conditions, as well as the unpredictable weather this time of year, this meeting will be online-only, but we anticipate that all other dates in 2024 will be hybrid.

Can’t make it this time? Pencil us in for our future 2024 dates! March 27, May 22, July 24, September 25, November 20

Annual Meeting – Save the Date!

Our 2024 Annual Meeting will be the evening of Tuesday
February 27.

We’re looking forward to seeing all our members and supporters at our Annual Meeting – food and childcare will be included, and interpretation or other accessibility services are available on request.

If you are a Clean Air member interested in running for our board, please contact Chris by Friday January 26.

2024 Mutual Aid and Emergency Prep Trainings

Clean Air and Erie County Department of Health will again be offering a series of emergency preparedness trainings with a mutual aid framework in 2024.

All classes will be held at Trinity Church, 371 Delaware Avenue in downtown Buffalo. Due to the hands-on nature of the training, these classes are only available in-person. The space is large and masks are provided and encouraged. Breakfast snacks and/or lunch is always provided. Childcare, interpretation services, or other accessibility services provided with pre-registration.

Our February date will be shared later this month. The topic will be administering Narcan and Harm Reduction principles.
Please email Bridge if you are interested in signing up now.

Please click here to see other 2024 dates and class topics.

CWA Reversing Inequality Training

Our friends at CWA and New York State United Teachers have invited all Clean Air members and supporters to join them for their daylong Reversing Runaway Inequality workshop on Saturday January 13th 2024 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at 270 Essjay Road in Williamsville.

In this workshop, participants will take a deep look at the causes of increasing inequality and the history and patterns which divide workers.

An enormous gap between the wealthy few and the rest of us, increased child labor, deadly working conditions, extreme poverty wages, hostility, and violence towards collective action…this is America in 2023.  Or is it 1923? Today we are facing the same labor conditions, exploitation, and economic disparity we faced and fought a hundred years ago.
How is it we are facing these same conditions of inequity and exploitation all over again? In this workshop, participants will consider these patterns of history and what insights we get from it. Come and learn about how the economy is rigged against workers and how we can put a stop to it!

Please click here to sign up. Seats are limited, so be sure to register soon!

NYS DEC East Side Environmental Forum
No Meetings January or February

The January East Buffalo Environmental Forum hosted by New York Department of Environmental Conservation has been cancelled for this month. NYS DEC is using this time to prep and plan for the upcoming meetings that will take place in 2024. As previously scheduled, there will also not be a February meeting.

Their feedback survey will remain open. If you have not yet taken it, we encourage you to do so!

Please contact Kayla Baker for more information at or 716-541-9631.


WNYALF’s Annual MLK Luncheon will be Friday January 12 from 11:30-1pm at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

Learn more and purchase tickets by clicking here. Want to meet up with Clean Air members at the luncheon? Contact Chris to coordinate!

DEC and EPA Regulatory Public Comment Periods

EPA Lead Line Rule

The EPA recently called for a complete replacement of all lead water lines, which is a huge win in the fight for environmental justice! Read more about the rule changes from the EPA, or check out this local coverage from WKBW and the Buffalo News.

“Pollution Is Driving Today’s Reverse Great Migration”

Capital B published an excellent piece recently about the direct links between environmental racism and gentrification through systemic demolition in Midwest cities, a story we’re also all too familiar with here in WNY.

National Climate Assessment

Grist published this great piece in response to the publication of the recent National Climate Assessment, critiquing the idea of folks moving to the midwest to be less affected by climate change. In related coverage, the Buffalo News published this analysis of the National Climate Assessment, focusing on how modeling predicts our climate will change in coming years. Meanwhile the pressure to reform FEMA and national disaster relief policy, such as fixing the “No Dough for Snow” policy, continues to grow amid rising costs and floundering insurance markets.

2023 – Labor and the Environment and Climate Justice Movements

Big Wins Towards Fossil Fuel Phasedown

EPA “Good Neighbors” Rule

While the new “Good Neighbors” air pollution rule at the EPA is already having a measurable impact, there have been some roadblocks to implementation imposed through court challenges by some states. Read more from Grist.

Follow up on East Palestine Derailment on John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight

We all remember the ominous photos of the chemical fire caused by the derailment in East Palestine OH last year. Jon Oliver recently reported on the under-regulations of freight rail that led to the derailment, and about how legislative action must happen to prevent an even worse accident in the future.

Report a Polluter

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

Visit 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 our regularly updated list of events at and

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 as well as their new website

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 – Favorite Artists of 2023

Gia’s favorite album of 2023 is Shadowglow by Flipturn. Bridge’s is Transgender Dysphoria Blues by Against Me!, Chris’ is SOS by SZA, Phil’s is Black Messiah by D;Angelo, and Cindy’s favorite artist is Anita Baker.

Interested in joining our Tonawanda Tomorrow or River Road campaigns, NT Cryptomining campaign, or supporting NYRenews/climate justice?

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

Interested in joining our
American Axle campaign or supporting our work in the Delavan-Grider neighborhood and greater East Side?

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

Interested in supporting Clean Air’s grassroots fundraising efforts, or know of a grant opportunity that might support our work?

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