“Tonawanda Coke Federal Case History, Appeal and Civil Enforcement Update”

Aaron Mango, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Department of Justice and Erick Ihlenburg, Assistant Regional Counsel, Environmental Protection Agency.

Learn about the Federal actions taken against Tonawanda Coke, by the US Government, EPA and NYS DEC, from the lead attorney who fought the case and won an 86% decrease in benzene emissions in Tonawanda, NY.   Also, get an update on the current federal and civil actions taken against the company by the U.S. government and what that means for our community.

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“Tonawanda Coke Civil Case Update”

Richard Lippes, Attorney at Law, Lippes & Lippes, Buffalo, NY

What other legal options are available when a nearby company is found in violation of the Clean Air Act?  Hear about how a small community of Tonawanda, NY is seeking justice for all of those years that they were impacted by elevated levels of air pollution and get an update on Abbott et al v. Tonawanda Coke Corporation et al. case.

“Working Together to Address and Solve an Air Pollution Problem”

Tom Gentile, Chief, Air Toxics Section, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Learn about how community members and agencies can work together to recreate clean and healthy environments for everyone.  What are the benefits?  What are the challenges?  This is the session where you’ll learn the best practices to be successful in a multi-stakeholder collaboration, using Tonawanda, NY as a model.

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“How Tonawanda Citizens Used Scientific Data to Win Back Their Right for Clean Air and Demand Justice”

Denny Larson, Community Science Institute with Adele Henderson, Jackie James-Creedon, Co-Founders of Clean Air Coalition of WNY

Join us for a conversation with members of the original Tonawanda Bucket Brigade and hear how the Bucket took on the Tonawanda Coke Corporation.  Bucket Brigades are incredibly replicable, so come learn how it works and see if it could be a good match in your community.

“Community Led Soil Sampling and Testing Study: History and Update”

Andrew Baumgartner, Citizen Science Volunteer, Citizen Science Community Resources and Nick Bassi, Citizen Science Volunteer, Citizen Science Community Resources

Learn about community based soil sampling and how it can be done effectively.  This session will walk you through the process with examples and the latest soil test results presented from the Tonawanda Soil Sampling Study.


“Online and In-person Collaboration Using DIY Environmental Tools & Techniques”

Liz Barry, Director of Community Development, Public Lab

Hear about all of the great tools that you can build yourself and learn how to put them to use, both in your community and online.

“Sharing Your Story”

Michelle Bennett- Stieglitz, Director, U Community Health Organization

How have you been impacted by pollution in your environment? Join us for this workshop to listen and tell your story. We will also provide healthy refreshments and information about the importance of storytelling for health.

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Presentations and Updates from: 

Jim Bowers, Research Scientist, New York State Department of Health, Update on Bio-monitoring Study – Biomonitoring is the measurement of toxic chemicals in blood and urine.   Get the details about the NYS-DOH project, and the who, what, where and when.

Jackie James-Creedon, Executive Director, Citizen Science Community Resources – Update on Ongoing Monitoring, and Health and Soil Studies  and How You Can Get Involved with: Dr Jessica Castner, Assistant Professor University at Buffalo School of Nursing.

Stay Tuned for Updates!

We hope to have a downloadable program and agenda up by the end of the month.


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