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Neighborhood with Lupus


Toxic air and water are taking the lives of citizens across America. Our health is being traded for profit.

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Full interviews to be posted separately.

“My kid has lead, I have Lupus, my cousin has lupus, no matter who you talk to, if you walk around this park right now and say ‘do you know anybody with lupus’ if they don’t
have Lupus they know somebody who does.”

There are 53 industrial plants in a 2-mile radius in Tonawanda and it has the highest concentration of air polluters in New York State.

Over 800,000 children in New York suffer from autism, developmental disabilities, birth defects or the effects of disabling accidents

MS Diagnosis Rates in Western New York are Double the National Average”

Western New York has one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis in the world.

Lupus prevalence in the area of concern corresponded to seven times greater risk of the disease compared with the general population.

Toxic Plants

3M is One of the top-25 polluters in New York State, carbon disulfide is used here in to make sponges. Carbon disulfide causes a host of health problems, including neurotoxic effects.

FMC Chemicals: uses ammonia and numerous other chemicals onsite.

Tonawanda Coke: puts out the Highest levels of benzene in the state.

Dupont: The plant manufactures Corian for countertops. In May, the plant was fined $165,000 for violating the EPA’s Clear Air Act.

Huntley plant is a coal plant that puts out chromium and mercury compounds.

NRG Energy had announced a proposal to turn this plant into a natural gas-fired one as a way to reduce pollution.

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