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Stop New Yorks #1 Manufacturing Polluter

From Citizen's Environmental Coalition

Take action now! Write a letter to the DEC and Kodak!


Go to and fill out your name and contact information and send a letter to Kodak today! Please forward this URL to as many people as you know!

We need an immediate response to press for an enforcement action and better monitoring for the community surrounding Kodak. Help compel Kodak to clean up its act. Please write a letter on behalf of your organization or as an individual to express your concern about this recent explosion and Kodak's long history of environmental contamination of the Rochester community.

Included below is a sample letter to Kodak and the Department of Environmental Conservation. We encourage you to personalize this letter and mail, fax, or email it to the following people:

Erin Crotty, Commissioner Department of Environmental Conservation 625 Broadway Albany, NY 12233-1011

John Hicks, Director - Region 8 Department of Environmental Conservation 6274 East Avon-Lima Road Avon, NY 14414-9519


Daniel A. Carp, CEO Eastman Kodak 343 State Street Rochester, NY 14650 Fax # (585) 724-5700


(insert today's date here)


Dear (insert appropriate name and title here):

I am writing to express my deep concern about the recent explosion that occurred at Eastman Kodak's Building 218 hazardous waste incinerator in Rochester, New York, on May 30th, 2002, as detailed in the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Report # 0202181. Kodak has a long history of environmental violations, and this is just one more example of that habitual negligence towards the environment and the public whom they employ.

I find it outrageous that Kodak failed to notify the DEC of this explosion and release until over 10 hours after it took place (State Department of Environmental Conservation Report # 0202181). It puzzles me as to why Kodak didn't immediately notify the agency of the release so that they could properly assess the situation. This underscores the need to hire a full time monitor at Kodak's Building 218 hazardous waste incinerator to oversee operations of the facility. In addition, Kodak should install ambient air monitors for the community residents to detect any chemical releases or spills that may enter their neighborhoods if a failure of communication and action like this should happen again.

Kodak is New York's number one manufacturing polluter and is ranked number two for emissions throughout the state; in addition, Kodak is ranked as the largest emitter of recognized carcinogens to air and water in New York State. Since Kodak is one of the largest polluters in New York State, the DEC should make Kodak a top priority for their staff. Kodak needs to make a commitment to phase out their two hazardous waste incinerators and work for clean production to eliminate the waste streams going into them.

Thank you for your time regarding this matter of the utmost importance. I look forward to your reply.



(insert your name here)

(insert your address here)

*Don't forget to send us copies of your letters!*

We would like to track the number of people that send letters to the DEC and Kodak. Please mail or email us a copy of your letter and any correspondence you have with the DEC or Kodak. You can send your letters to:


Mike Schade Citizens' Environmental Coalition 425 Elmwood Ave. Suite 200 Buffalo, NY 14222 (716) 885-6848 (716) 885-6845 fax

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