Rally for Clean Airat the
J.D. Crane Coke Plant in Tonawanda, NY.
Members of the Clean Air Coalition, local residents, and supporters gathered near the J.D. Crane coke plant today to protest air pollution that is harmful to human health. The plant emits high levels of benzene, a chemical that can cause cancer.
Satellite photo of the dirty coke plant
Slide show of the rally
For more information, contact Erin Heaney, Executive Director of the Clean Air Coalition of Western New York.
UPDATES: Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009
- Coalition brings demands to coke plant -- Tonawanda News
- Protesters demand Tonawanda Coke cut emissions -- The Buffalo News
- VIDEO: Residents rally outside of Coke plant -- WIVB TV
The satellite photo above shows the accumulation of extensive black carbon deposits at the J.D. Crane Coke Plant. Soot particulate emissions contribute to the fact that our region's unhealthy air remains among the worst in the state. Nearby residents of the Coke Plant have experienced black carbon fallout at their homes in addition to benzene pollution, as shown in the video, below:
- VIDEO: Coke plant may cause health concerns -- WIVB TV - June 14, 2009
What's That Smell? - ArtVoice
In September, J.D. Crane's Erie Coke Corp. in Pennsylvania was sued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the PA Department of Environmental Protection in federal court to force the corporation to update or replace aging equipment.Regulators say the work could cost as much as $20 million. The report is here.
UPDATE: Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009
The Buffalo News -- Front page report
Danger in the air
State study finds Tonawanda Coke emits benzene up to 75 times higher than recommended guidlines, stirring calls for action
By Mark Sommer
See buffalonews.com for a Video entitled: Residents Upset With Tonawanda Coke