Tonawanda Coke: Indicted

30 Jul

Nearby residents have long suspected that emissions from Tonawanda Coke have literally been poisoning them.

An investigation has revealed, and a 15-count federal indictment has formally alleged, that Tonawanda Coke and its so-called “Environmental Control Manager” violated the Clean Air Act.

…five of these offenses relate to the release of coke oven gas containing benzene into the air through an unreported pressure relief valve. The remaining ten Clean Air Act counts relate to operating two coke-quenching towers without baffles, a pollution control device required by TCC’s Title V Clean Air Act permit designed to reduce the particulate matter that is released into the air during coke quenches. These charges carry a maximum penalty of 5 years imprisonment, a maximum fine of $500,000 for the corporate defendant and $250,000 for defendant Kamholz, or both.

YNN’s Report is here.

4 Responses to “Tonawanda Coke: Indicted”

  1. Slothrop July 30, 2010 at 7:18 am #

    This is the best example of the power of an organized community

  2. Mike July 30, 2010 at 11:20 am #

    We grew up in Tonawanda and my 11 year brother died of leukemia (he’d be 45 years old tomorrow). Thanks for the birthday present!!!

    Make’s you worry for all those people in other countries where the industry and associated pollution moved to…

  3. Jesse July 30, 2010 at 11:21 am #

    Point source pollution control is pretty nice, isn’t it?

  4. Joe Genco July 30, 2010 at 9:26 pm #

    Worry about Grand Island, too — draw a one-mile circle from Tonawanda Coke and see how it extends over pretty homes.

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