Tonawanda Coke

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The Environmental Protection Agency said its Superfund program is doing well in New York State, including Tonawanda Coke and the 18 Mile Creek area in Niagara County.

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation says it has reached agreements with two companies to clean up the former Tonawanda Coke site. Those companies will conduct their respective cleanups through the state's brownfield and superfund programs.

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While there is a lot of anger at the former Tonawanda Coke plant, opponents are showing some differing points of view on what to do about the environmental mess in the Town of Tonawanda.

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While much of the geographic area around Tonawanda Coke has been found to be free of systematic contamination, there are still problems. The public received an update Thursday evening in the City of Tonawanda.

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Local residents who spent more than a dozen years battling Tonawanda Coke are now having to fight the University at Buffalo. As WBFO's Chris Caya reports - residents say the University at Buffalo is keeping the community "in the dark" about how it's spending millions of dollars in fines awarded to UB. 

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A federal bankruptcy court judge in Buffalo has approved the sale of the former Tonawanda Coke property.

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The now-closed Tonawanda Coke plant goes up for public auction Monday morning. Auction of the 135-acre site at 3875 River Rd. in the Town of Tonawanda, including some 850 feet of waterfront shoreline, was ordered by U.S. Bankruptcy Court and begins at 10 a.m.

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Now that Tonawanda Coke has been shut down, local residents want to know about the possible toxins left behind.

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Getting Washington to come in and clean up the former Tonawanda Coke is the way to go, according to opinions expressed at a meeting Thursday night sponsored by the Clean Air Coalition.

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Erie County Legislators voted Thursday to ask the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to seek Washington's much deeper pockets and ask the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to declare Tonawanda Coke a federal Superfund site and help pay for its cleanup.

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Tonawanda Coke may be closed and bankrupt, but their legacy remains. Scientists are trying to figure out what that legacy is.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released the findings of an air quality study Monday, suggesting that benzene levels in the air dropped sharply in neighborhoods near the Tonawanda Coke site after the plant closed in October.

New York State DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos says cleaning up Tonawanda Coke could take years. Seggos toured the River Road site this week to get a first hand look at the contamination left behind.

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The Environmental Protection Agency is now overseeing an on-site assessment and cleanup process at the shuttered Tonawanda Coke site. Both EPA officials and a local environmental advocacy group say this will be a lengthy process, as crews on site undertake numerous tasks to tackle numerous hazards.

Job fair held for displaced workers

Nov 8, 2018
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Even though many companies are scambling to find employees - a job fair was held in Tonawanda, Thursday, for recently laid off workers.

The coke ovens are empty, the gas lines purged, and shutdown operations at the Tonawanda Coke plant are now complete.

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The New York State Department of Labor is rolling out its Rapid Response team to assist the estimated 100 people who lost jobs upon the shutdown of Tonawanda Coke. Labor officials say the prospects for finding a new job in short time are actually quite good.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it is supporting the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's oversight of Tonawanda Coke's shutdown. To date, air monitoring indicates levels set to protect the public have not been exceeded.

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The New York State Department of Environmenal Conservation announced late Tuesday afternoon that coke production at Tonawanda Coke Corporation was completely shut down.

Tonawanda Coke files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Oct 16, 2018
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Tonawanda Coke, which has already begun the process of shutting down its operations, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

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The shutdown of Tonawanda Coke is already underway, ahead of the originally anticipated start date of Tuesday. As the ovens are purged and coke is removed from the site, questions are already being raised about what might become of the property in the future. The Town of Tonawanda Supervisor offered an idea for a possible future use - a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills.

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The coke oven batteries are being slowly cooled, as all facilities at Tonawanda Coke are being shut down.

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Tonawanda Coke Corporation, which was found guilty several years ago of violating the federal Clean Air Act and was appealing state effort to revoke its air permits, has submitted a plan to close its operations according to court papers made public Friday.

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A public hearing at the State Department of Environmental Conservation office in Buffalo to discuss revocation of Tonawanda Coke’s operating permits ended abruptly Wednesday morning. Within five minutes, lawyers from both sides and a DEC judge agreed to adjourn and pick up again on Friday.

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While stating during his sentencing that Tonawanda Coke has continued to operate with a culture putting profits over public conscience, U.S. District Judge William Skretny did not order the shutdown of the company, saying government attorneys failed to prove that increased opacity in stack discharges elevated the level of harmful contaminants in the air.

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Federal judge William Skretny has set a Friday morning sentencing Tonawanda Coke after ruling the company violated a four-year-old probation agreement.

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Attorneys from the US Government and Tonawanda Coke Corporation were in federal court Friday, questioning witnesses as the latter argues to stay open, despite numerous recent environmental citations.

Will Tonawanda Coke's probation be revoked?

Sep 10, 2018
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Tonawanda Coke's request for a delay in the company's probation violation hearing was rejected in federal court in Buffalo on Monday.

Calls grow for Tonawanda Coke to close

Sep 4, 2018
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Tonawanda Coke was back in federal court in Buffalo Tuesday for allegedly violating its consent decree with the Department of Justice which requires the company to comply with emission standards.

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Concerned citizens joined the leaders of Grand Island and the City of Tonawanda Monday outside the entrance of Tonawanda Coke, urging members of the public to put pressure on state envionmental officials to halt operations at the River Road facility.