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HSOT October Events

Oct 7, 2022

Tonawanda Coke Verdict

Residents Hold Tonawanda Coke Accountable for their Environmental Crimes

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 at 7:00 PM

Tonawanda City Hall Community Room

200 Niagara Street, Tonawanda, New York

On March 28th, 2013 after a month long trial in U.S. District Court, twelve jurors found Tonawanda Coke and its environmental control manager guilty of 14 criminal charges. This verdict is only the second time in history that a company has been indicted and convicted under the Clean Air Act. Additionally, the sentence included one of the largest fines ever levied in a federally prosecuted case. For the next five years after this landmark case, Tonawanda Coke continued to operate putting the surrounding community in harm’s way. Finally, in October 2018, when Tonawanda Coke was tired of fighting the government, elected officials, and the community, they closed their doors once and for all. Today, the tides are turning in Tonawanda with a major clean up at the former site and the rebuilding of a community with a cleaner and greener environment. Additionally, since the closing of the plant, WNY residents are breathing cleaner air with over a 95% reduction in the deadly chemical benzene.

The fight all started with just a few citizens sitting around a table discussing their individual health struggles and their collective right to a cleaner environment. Jackie James, Founder of the Clean Air Coalition of WNY and Citizen Science Community Resources (CSCR) will tell the story of how the residents organized and used citizen science as a tool to hold Tonawanda Coke accountable for their environmental crimes. She will also have a few citizen science tools on hand for demonstration.


Autumn Harvest Tea at Long Homestead

Enjoy a hot cup of tea while looking out at the fall foliage around the Long Homestead from Benjamin and Mary Long’s dining room.

What: Autumn Harvest Tea featuring pumpkin scones and sweet apple crumble bars with homemade Devonshire cream

When: Saturday, October 15, 2022 with seating at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM

Cost: $15.00 per person

New vintage dresses along with some beautiful hats from our collection will be on display, along with Carole Barnard’s doll collection.

For reservations for either time, please call Jill at 716-832-4029. Please provide your name, phone number, time requested, and the number of attendees.

Space is very limited so that all can enjoy an intimate and comfortable tea in the dining room.

Reminder: There are 10 steps with a railing for gaining access to the homestead.

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