About CAC’s Campaign Against Tonawanda Coke…
by Geoff Kelly - posted 11:59 am, April 22, 2011
One of my half dozen readers has called my attention to the following phrase in this item about a forum on the Peace Bridge expansion project:
Erin Heaney of the Clean Air Coalition spoke about high rates of asthma in the vicinity of the existing bridge and plaza, and broke down the components of diesel admissions, which, it turns out, are similar to the pollutants found in the air around the Tonawanda Coke plant against which the CAC has led a somewhat successful campaign.
That “somewhat” was a poor word choice, as it might suggest that I harbor some cynicism about CAC’s campaign to organize the surrounding community and draw attention from the media and regulatory agencies to the egregious activities of Tonawanda Coke and its owner, J. D. Crane. In fact, my cynicism is directed at Tonawanda Coke and the regulatory agencies to which it must report: I’ll believe they’ve made the company clean up its act when I see it.
So I probably should have said “so far successful” or something like that. For what it’s worth.