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Tonawanda Coke Heavily Fined, Officer Faces Jail

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Tonawanda Coke, a sister plant to the Erie Coke operation outside Buffalo, was fined 12.5 million dollars by a federal judge, for Clean Air Act violations the judge called "wholly inexcusable."

An environmental officer with the plant was also sentenced to one year in jail and 20-thousand dollars in fines.

The penalties come following a finding last March, that Tonawanda Coke violated the Clean Air Act 14 times by releasing benzene into the air.

Benzene is a known cancer causing agent.

In announcing the fine the judge further criticized the company, saying it had "let the community down" by allowing the dangerous chemical into the air.


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