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Saturday is 'Electronic Recycling Day' in Tonawanda

Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick, R-Tonawanda, reminds residents to gather all unwanted computer and electronic items for an Electronic Recycling Day planned for Saturday.

Sponsored by Erie County, General Motors and UAW, the event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at GM Tonawanda Engine Plant #5, 280 Vulcan St., between Niagara Street/River Road and Kenmore Avenue.

Items that will be accepted include: computers, monitors, terminals, network equipment, keyboards, mice, other accessories, and printers/scanners. Also, cell phones, iPods, VCRs/DVD players, fax machines, circuit boards, video game systems, batteries and universal power supplies.

Televisions will be accepted for a $5 charge. Participants may be required to verify that materials are generated by households.

Clean Air Coalition Supports New EPA Action

TONAWANDA, N.Y. - The Environmental Protection Agency has ordered Tonawanda Coke to comply with the Clean Water Act after finding elevated levels of cyanide in Tonawanda’s sanitary sewer system, according to a statement released by the Clean Air Coalition of Western New York on Thursday.

Cyanide is a toxic chemical compound, and excessive amounts may adversely impact human health, fish and wildlife. The EPA has mandated the company install pollution controls, improve monitoring and provide additional information about the operations at the facility.

“When I heard the news this morning, I was sickened,” said Jennifer Ratajczak, a Clean Air Coalition member and Tonawanda resident. “When I walk my dogs down by the River, I always see community members fishing and wading in the water.  It’s horrifying to know there are toxic chemicals lurking in the water due to Tonawanda Coke.”

Money for Tonawanda Island Rehab

Ed Alkiewicz, director of Relicensing and Implementation for the New York Power Authority (NYPA), recently presented a check for $330,985 from the Greenway Ecological Fund to Julie Barrett O’Neill, executive director, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper.

The money will be used by the Niagara Riverkeeper to improve the habitat on Tonawanda Island, returning the area to a more natural state. 

Under the commitments made in conjunction with its Niagara Power Project operating license, NYPA pledged to contribute a total of $450 million for Greenway development over the period of the project’s 50-year license.  As part of that agreement, NYPA provides the Greenway Ecological Fund with $1 million annually.