Since 2003, GCM has been working with communities in western
New York to address toxic pollution from 53 industrial facilities neighboring
The introduction of community environmental monitoring and
Bucket Brigades has helped the community gather evidence of environmental
pollution and begin to win changes.
In 2009, the federal and state government raided the
Tonawanda Coke facility which has been targeted since it released toxic benzene
at levels 75 times higher than EPA standards. In 2011, the company committed to
reducing its benzene emissions.
According to the Clean Air Coalition of Western New York:
A report from the NYS DEC in the fall of 2011 shows that
benzene emissions in the neighborhood surrounding the plant have dropped 86%.
continues to provide technical assistance to communities in Western New York in
their fight for clean air.