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Opinion

August 3, 2012

Setting the record straight on DuPont

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Missing from the conversation are examples of stewardship that DuPont has adopted to reduce the impact on our environment and to work with community organizations. DuPont has participated in our Hazardous Materials Advisory Committee (HMAC) for several years, as well as the Community Advisory Panel (CAP). The CAP is a group of several companies that meet regularly with residents to provide information about operations and safety programs, and to respond to any concerns. 

With clarification and additional information, it is clear that the CAC is incorrect in it’s statement that DuPont is a “corporate polluter.” The error is compounded by asserting that DuPont should not receive public funding for new investments, comparing the company to Tonawanda Coke. 

Each member of the E3 Initiative brings an important perspective to the table. The CAC is an important link to our residents, providing those residents with tools to understand complex issues and speaking for those who may otherwise have no voice. Media events are one tool that community organizations can use to generate awareness. 

There is a responsibility among all members, however, to give residents a complete and accurate assessment of any given issue, if we are to make lasting progress toward our ultimate goal improving quality of life through stewardship of our economy, environment and energy. We must not be afraid to criticize when warranted, but we must do so in a way that encourages a path forward. We must set the record straight when errors are made. 

The Tonawanda E3 Initiative brings groups together in ways they have never been brought together before. It challenges people to think in ways they have never thought before. There are going to be bumps along the way. As long as we focus on the ultimate goal, we have the talent and conviction to overcome any challenge and achieve great things for our community and businesses.

Anthony Caruana is the supervisor of the Town of Tonawanda.

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