June/July 2024 Monthly Updates – New Member Orientation Tonight and DEC Tonawanda Coke Meeting Tomorrow!

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October – November 2022 Updates from Clean Air

New Member Orientation Tonight June 24

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Interested in getting more engaged with Clean Air’s work?
Whether you are brand new to our work or a veteran member, we hope you can join us tonight, Monday June 24 at 5:30pm at our offices at Trinity Church, 371 Delaware in downtown Buffalo, for our New Member Orientation!
Please be sure to register so we order enough pizza! 

Also be sure to save the date of July 24 for our next General Meeting.

With Bread and Roses,

Bridge, Chris, Cindy, and Gia

Sia and Clover

Our Spring Intern Clover Kagle wrapped up a few weeks ago – click here to read a blog post they wrote about noise pollution based on citizen science work conducted by our Seneca-Babcock members!

Also please be sure to welcome our Cornell High Road Fellow Sia Gu – she is helping us out with several research projects this summer!

Summer Volunteering with Clean Air

It’s canvassing and festival tabling season – click here to sign up to volunteer with Clean Air this year!

Digital Actions for Campaigns

Our canvassers will be collecting signatures for several petitions this summer – take a moment to sign these two digitally!

Petition One

Petition Two

New Member Orientation TONIGHT

NYS DEC Tonawanda Coke Meeting TOMORROW

Join us tomorrow, Tuesday June 25 at 6pm, either online or in person at the Kenmore Branch Library (160 Delaware Rd) for an important update meeting from the New York Department of Environmental Conservation on the ongoing clean up at Tonawanda Coke!


Click here to see the full announcement.

Want to join our River Road Watchdog team? Please reach out to Bridge!

North Tonawanda and Bitcoin Mining Updates

Our North Tonawanda members have been very busy this month advocating for the NT Common Council and NYS DEC to take action on regulating the cryptocurrency mining at the Fortistar Power Plant. Check out the press coverage by the Buffalo News, and click here to read our blog post on the press conference held last week!

The din of crypto mining: North Tonawanda says it can’t enforce noise law to protect residents

North Tonawanda residents ask state to step in to regulate noise from cryptomining company

The Editorial Board: Noise and air pollution at Digihost has been ignored too long

General Meeting – July 24

Join us at Trinity Church (371 Delaware Ave) or on Zoom on Wednesday July 24 from 5:30-7pm for our next General Meeting. This meeting is open to everyone and anyone, and is to fill in the general public on our current work as well as feature some related education.
Click here to register.
This month we plan to feature our friend Dick Lipsitz who will share information on his years of work building coalitions across community and labor to combat rising fascism.

Give 7/16

Clean Air is participating in this year’s Give 716 fundraising drive on July 16 – click her to support!

June Actions and Limited Office Hours in July

Please be aware that after a very busy June, several staff members will be rotating vacation time in July – we appreciate your patience!

Below are some photos from several events this past month Clean Air staff and members attended, including the High Road Economics conference which featured Clean Air members among the speakers!

Be sure to follow our social media and check our blog to see the recordings of those sessions, as we will post them there when available.

NYS DEC East Side Environmental Forum July 10

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation will be hosting an East Side Environmental Forum on Wednesday July 10th at 5:30 at the Frank E. Merriweather, Jr. Library at 1324 Jefferson Avenue.

Please contact Kayla Baker for more information, including about how to join online, at kayla.baker@dec.ny.gov or 716-541-9631.
Questions, or want to coordinate with Clean Air prior?
Please reach out to Cindy.

NYS Legislative Session Wrap and

Important Upcoming Supreme Court Case

While we are happy to report that the Climate Superfund Act passed and now awaits Governor Hochul’s signature, the legislative session in Albany ended earlier this month with a disappointing lack of action on other environmental and climate justice legislation, particularly in the Assembly, and with an overall worrying lack of urgency in confronting the climate emergency. Click here to read NY Renews’ statement.

NY Renews is not pausing work during the summer, and is pushing for special sessions to revisit the bills that the Assembly failed to bring to the floor.

NY Renews is also calling on Governor Hochul and legislators to implement the Cap and Trade program that passed last year in a just and equitable manner – click here to send a letter to the Governor now.

We also wanted to flag that two very important Supreme Court Cases that concern the future of the Chevron Deference Doctrine will likely be decided on this week.

This Doctrine, which as been part of judicial reasoning since 1984, essentially means that in instances of deciding about how to implement regulatory processes that the legislative branch passes bills to require, the courts and the legislative branches defer to agencies and their technical staff – in short, the courts recognize that a judge whose specialty is in the law is unlikely to also be an expert in air permitting, so they defer to agencies like the EPA. Read more from ScotusBlog here.

June Labor Wins

Our friends in the WNY labor community are celebrating several big wins! After striking, workers at Tops Warehouse won their contract fight, and workers with SEIU won contract fights at local health care centers and nursing homes.
We also marched with newly unionized workers at the Pride Center of Western New York in the Pride Parade – please take a moment to sign their community solidarity pledge!

Lead News

As the Buffalo News reported, lead in drinking water from older deteriorating service lines, while a huge issue in the City of Buffalo, is also an immense issue all throughout Erie and Niagara counties.
Click here to read their reporting.

Regulatory Public Comment Periods

Pray for the Dead, Fight for the Living!

Recent Passings and Memorials

We are mourning the passing of Gail Wells, a pillar of our community and a leader in the fight for justice and equity for over a half century. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones, and we pledge to continue to forge forward on the path she laid.

Training and Leadership Opportunities

Are you a Clean Air member or supporter who is engaged with a current campaign, and is there a training opportunity that you would like to pursue to strengthen your organizing?
Please let a staff organizer know, as we budget to support leadership development! All Clean Air members and supporters also have free access to trainings from the Advocacy Institute.

Community Events and Announcements

Additional Opportunities

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

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!

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.comIf 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

Chris recommends the new Star Wars show Acolyte, Cindy is still buzzed about seeing Earth Wind and Fire earlier this month (and welcoming a new grandbaby to the  family!), Gia is looking forward to seeing flipturn at Artpark, Sia is loving getting to know the region and really enjoyed seeing Shakespeare in the Park, and Bridge is looking forward to a big family trip to Ireland!

Interested in joining our events committee, mutual aid team, or want to connect with CACWNY about an emerging campaign or issue, or interested in 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 Tonawanda Tomorrow or River Road campaigns, NT Cryptomining campaign, or supporting NYRenews/climate justice?

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

Want to donate to support our work?


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