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Tonawanda Coke Issued Cease-and-Desist by NYS

Multiple DEC violations for Tonawanda Coke

July 21, 2018 - 5:33 am

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WBEN) - The Tonawanda Coke plant was issued a Cease and Desist order on Friday afternoon by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. 

Citing concerns over repeated violations of the plant's DEC permit, the state plans to revoke their operations. 

In recent months, an increase of black smoke has been visible around the Tonawanda Coke plant. 

"In response to repeated violations and ongoing concerns about air pollution, I have demanded that Tonawanda Coke Corporation immediately cease and desist all operations associated with violations at this facility to prevent potential harm to its workers, surrounding community, and the environment and have commenced revocation of the facility’s air permits," DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said in a statement to several media outlets.

Tonawanda Coke issued the following statement:

    "Tonawanda Coke was served with a Cease and Desist letter via email at approximately 3 PM this afternoon. Tonawanda Coke has been cooperating and working closely with the Regional New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Once the collapse of the waste heat tunnel had been identified, the Company reported to the Department all known relevant information, including a stack draft malfunction report which included a detailed explanation.

    Tonawanda Coke has been diligently working on a long term solution to the operational issues caused by the collapse of waste heat air tunnel. Through various meetings, the DEC was being informed on the efforts Tonawanda Coke has been pursuing and the long term compliance plan it will be putting forth in the near future.

    Many of the Notices of Violations (NOVs) alleged by the DEC were directly related to issues arising from the original waste heat tunnel collapse.

    Tonawanda Coke shares the same goals as the DEC, and strives to provide a safe environment for its employees and the surrounding communities. We look forward to working with the DEC to resolve these issues, and continuing our operations, which contribute to the vibrant Buffalo-area community and workforce."

The plant's permit is scheduled to be revoked on August 4 unless they appeal the DEC decision within 15 days. 

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