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Students encouraged to learn about science as part of Tonawanda Coke study

The grassroots Citizen Science Community Resources is collecting soil samples in communities around Tonawanda Coke and has invited high school students to take part in a summerlong "Students Become Scientists" program.

Students will collaborate with research scientists, gain community service hours and participate in data collection. The program runs through the end of August. Students living in the affected areas in Tonawanda and eastern Grand Island are especially encouraged to participate.

Citizen Science Community Resources is collaborating with the University at Buffalo and the SUNY Fredonia. The project is funded by the courts that found Tonawanda Coke guilty of violating the Clean Air Act and directed it to spend $5.5 million to study how it potentially affected the surrounding communities, including a $711,000 soil study.

Interested students should call the CSCR office at 873-6191 or email at


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