January/February Monthly Updates – Annual Meeting February 27 and Much, Much More!

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October – November 2022 Updates from Clean Air

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Goodbye from Phil and 2024 Annual Meeting

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In case you missed our earlier announcement, Phil Gambini has moved on from his role as Just Transition Organizer at Clean Air – click here to read his message for our members and supporters.

We also have several events we are hosting that are coming up this month, from our Community Air Monitoring Card Game Development Kickoff this Tuesday the 30th to the first big community meeting for our Delavan-Grider/American Axle team this Thursday the 1st and, of course, our 2024 Annual Meeting on February 27!

Please take a moment now to register for our Annual Meeting, and scroll down to read more about our other events. Don’t forget to click the “View entire message” link when scrolling to see the full email.

With Bread and Roses,

Bridge, Chris, Cindy, and Gia

Narcan & Harm Reduction Training February 24

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, starting with a training on February 24 on Administering Narcan and Harm Reduction.

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.

Annual Meeting – Save the Date!

Our 2024 Annual Meeting will be the evening of Tuesday
February 27 from 6-8pm at Trinity Church, 371 Delaware Ave in downtown Buffalo.

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 with registration by February 20.
Please register today to help us plan.

Community Air Monitoring – Card Game Development Kick-off Meeting Tuesday January 30

Do you like tabletop games? Are you interested in learning about air quality and brainstorming ways to communicate this information to others?

Join us this Tuesday January 30 from 5:30-7pm at our office at 371 Delaware Avenue for our CAM Card Game Development Kickoff Meeting!

Click here to see the Facebook event with more information, or contact Bridge with any questions or if you cannot make it this time but want to be involved.

Delavan-Grider/American Axle

2024 Kickoff Meeting February 1st

Join us for the 2024 reconvening of our Delavan-Grider/American Axle Team on February 1 at 5:30pm at the Delavan-Grider Community Center at 877 E Delavan Ave, Buffalo, NY 14215.
Please contact Cindy for more information.

January General Meeting Debrief

Thanks to all who attended our January General Meeting last week – if you were unable to attend, or if you attended and want to share the recording of the pop-ed portion of the program, which was a presentation on how we can combat fascism and authoritarianism through organizing for environmental justice, here is the link and it also is embedded in this recent blog post Bridge wrote, which includes their reflections on a conference they attended in January.

Updates on STAMP – Take Action Today!

Clean Air stands with indigenous groups in our region opposed to the planned STAMP industrial campus, and calls on NYSDEC to reject the SPDES permit for this site. Read more on recent updates and about how folks are asked to take action by clicking here.

NYS DEC East Side Environmental Forum
No Meeting in February

As previously scheduled, there will not be a February New York Department of Environmental Conservation East Side Environmental Forum 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 kayla.baker@dec.ny.gov or 716-541-9631.

Tonawanda Tomorrow – Support the Metro Expansion!

One of the goals of the Tonawanda Tomorrow plan that Clean Air continues to fight for is to “Advocate for efficient east-west bus route connections to be integrated into the bus operations plan of the proposed light rail extension along the western edge of the Town.” (Page 54)

Please take a moment to support our work to implement this goal by filling out the NFTA Metro Expansion Project survey and voicing your support for better east-west connectivity with the proposed expansion. Want to learn more about the project? Check out their website, or attend one of the two remaining listening sessions, today January 29 at the Amherst Main Library at Audubon, 350 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst, NY 14228 from 4-6 PM or tomorrow Tuesday, January 30 at the Kenilworth Branch Library, 318 Montrose Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14223 from 1-3 PM.

Save Our Postal Service!

Over the weekend, in response to overwhelmingly negative response, the public meeting about the proposed closure of the Williams Street Buffalo USPS mail processing center was postponed – but this issue is far from over!

While we wait to see when and where the meeting will be rescheduled, please take a moment to fill out the survey voicing your opposition to the closure.

National Fuel Rate Increase Proposed

National Fuel has asked the NYS Public Service Commission to approve an increase in methane gas costs to consumers. To submit a comment, either visit the PSC’s webpage on the case and click the “Post Comments” button on the upper right, or email

secretary@dps.ny.gov with the title line “Case 23-G-0627-NFG”. Comments are due February 16.

Interested in getting more involved on this issue? Reach out to our friend Majadi at PUSH Buffalo.

DEC and EPA Regulatory Public Comment Periods

Stephanie Barber-Geter Remembered

We were saddened to hear this month of the passing of Stephanie Barber-Geter, a pillar of our community and a stanch advocate for residents of Buffalo’s East Side. Community leaders shared their thoughts on her legacy in the Buffalo News and on WKBW. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones. 

Big Win on LNG Terminals and Fracking is Back

In response to national pressure from frontline and fenceline organizations, the Biden Administration has announced it will apply a climate test to a proposal for a massive liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Louisiana! While this does not end this chapter, this does represent a huge win for these organizations, and is worth celebrating.

Meanwhile, here in WNY, the threat of methane gas fracking has re-emerged, this time packaged as a form of “carbon sequestration.” Whether the pause on this terminal will reduce the demand to push this proposal forward or not, we will keep you appraised about statewide efforts to regulate this emerging new method of fracking.

EPA Acting to Rein In Vinyl Chloride

In the wake of the East Palestine derailment last year, the EPA has begun taking steps to increase regulation on vinyl chloride, which is used by the plastics industry to create PVC pipes.
Read more from Grist Magazine.

A Chemical Disaster Almost Every Single Day in the US in 2023

Niagara Falls Landfill Operator to Pay $671K in EPA Settlement

Congratulations go out to resident organizers in Niagara Falls for their win against Allied Waste for their mismanagement of the Niagara Falls Landfill – Allied will pay a $671,000 penalty and operate a gas collection and control system to reduce the amount of harmful chemicals released into the air, according to a news release from the Environmental Protection Agency.

UB Researchers Finding New Methods for Detecting PFAS

University at Buffalo chemist Luis Colón is working with a team of student researchers to test a new method for detecting PFAS – read more about their research here.

Worker Killed in North Tonawanda

Andrew D. Stayzer, 58, of Eden, suffered critical injuries while working at WestRock on Robinson Street in North Tonawanda. Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones, and we urge OSHA to take action to prevent any further harm to workers in our area.

February 15th at 630 pm at Burning Books 420 Connecticut St. in Buffalo – John Kane of the Resistance Radio Podcast will present on the displacement of Native people in the gaming industry.

Smart Growth America's Equity Summit

Buffalo and Erie County Nature Book Club

FEMA Youth Prep Council

Women in Science DEC webinars

February 7 webinar – click here to register

February 21 webinar – click here to register

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 our regularly updated list of events at bit.ly/CleanAirEvents and linktr.ee/cleanairwny

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 about trainings or to Chris or Gia about our events and membership committee.

Monthly Staff Recs – Favorite Big Game Foods

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