Statement by Natasha Soto, lead organizer for the Clean Air: Organizing for Health and Justice

“There are leaders in the federal government, all the way up to the White House, who have acknowledged we have a public health crisis on the lower west side of Buffalo.  The Clean Air Coalition welcomes the resources and expertise of the EPA, HHS and the White House to help improve the neighborhood’s health.

While the federal government is talking about solutions, Governor Cuomo denies a problem exists and wants to bring carcinogenic truck plaza further into the neighborhood. Local and state politicians have for years tried to silence the voices of this neighborhood and push ahead a project without the consent or input of neighborhood residents. It’s clearly time for a change in approach.

We want an open and honest conversation led by impacted residents and independent scientists to implement common-sense solutions to improve the community’s health.”