Tue March 6, 2012
EPA announces grant to examine pollution in Town of Tonawanda
The Environmental Protection Agency regional administrator appeared in the Town of Tonawanda Monday to announce a federal grant to study air pollution.
Judith Enck announced the $100,000 federal grant. Enck said the EPA is collaborating with the Clean Air Coalition of Western New York to study harmful air pollution in Tonawanda and review pollution causes and possible remedies.
"The purpose of that grant is for this very impressive community group to work with local business leaders, elected officials, community groups and members of the public, to figure out ways to drive down the levels of pollution in Tonawanda, New York," said Enck.
Although Tonawanda Coke on River Road has often been cited as, perhaps, the worst air polluter, Enck noted there are dozens of other plants facilities in the town that also contribute to the air pollution problem.
"You may be familiar with Tonawanda Coke, that the EPA and State of New York has brought environmental law enforcement actions against, but there are 53 companies that hold air permits within a two mile area of Tonawanda," said Enck.
Senator Charles Schumer has issued a statement, applauding the EPA for selecting the Town of Tonawanda for the $100.000 grant.
The goal of the federal grant is to work with the companies in Tonawaanda in getting them to focus on the amount of toxic chemicals they use and the amount of pollution they are emitting into the air and water, and become more sustainable and cleaner.
"To make Tonawanda a healthier place to live and work," noted Enck. .