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Erie Coke
Hold Erie Coke Accountable is calling upon the EPA, DEP, City and County Leaders,
and related public authorities to inform and invite public input on topics related to the former Erie Coke property.
Local citizens – join us in asking questions about the future of the Erie Coke site.

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Erie residents coming together to get ready for all to testify at the 2019 renewal hearing to be conducted by PA Department of Environmental Protection. Share your photos & video here

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Our goal is to hold Erie Coke Accountable for the pollution they have expelled into our water and air that is harming our citizen’s health, our environment, and our local economy. #HoldErieCokeAccountable
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History of Pollution

Take a look at the dismal history of Erie Coke’s pollution. Learn about the various violations and penalties the company has received.

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Make Your Voice Heard

The PA Department of Environmental Protection will be holding a renewal hearing in Erie in late fall/ early winter 2019. Share your concern by contacting the DEP, along with your local, state, and federal elected officials. Submit complaints, photos, and first hand accounts of the damage & pollution caused by Erie Coke’s current operations.

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Title V Operating Permits

Erie Coke's federal operating permit is expired

A Title V is like a snapshot that includes all emissions limits and standards to which the source is subject, as well as all operating, monitoring, and reporting requirements that apply at the time of the permit’s issuance. By including all the requirements in one document, Title V Operating Permits help source operators comply with such requirements.

Dismal history of Erie Coke

Photo sample: Friday, June 8, 2018 5:38 pm taken from Presque Isle, the first pull-out upon entering the reserve

History of Pollution Violations

Erie Coke and its sister plant in Buffalo (Tonawanda Coke) have a long history of violations and penalties which a federal judge once described as “singularly inexcusable.” The Buffalo coke plant was just ordered by New York state to cease operations due to its flagrant disregard for air pollution law.

Moment of Opportunity

The permit renewal process has been relegated to Enhanced Public Participation as the facility is located in an Environmental Justice Community. This special Environmental Justice review process is due to community concerns regarding the impact of operations at Erie Coke on neighboring communities and environment.
DEP has committed to the community that a public meeting and hearing will be held as part of the permit renewal process. The timeline has not been indicated other than late fall/early winter 2019. Experience shows that if the public is not vocal during the upcoming public hearing about the Title V permit, (and does not also routinely report complaints), the opportunity for interventions will not be as robust.

Multiple Impacts of Pollution

While the ill-health and social in-equities are bad enough, the additional reality is that the constant visual of the back emission plume from EC is a statement written in the sky that risks sending a message that our community does not adequately stand up for itself and could be caught in “growth at any cost” economic philosophies of yesteryear. The new economy assures that quality of life comes first, then followed by prosperity. EC’s pollution is no longer the smell of money but rather the smell of economic detriment.

The smells and toxic emissions plumes are not consistent with Erie’s new resolve to be a 21st century place of choice to live, work, and play

I live on the eastside. Many, [too many,] times I have had to close my windows from the sickening smell. I smell the same thing when I go to the South Pier for a walk, and I KNOW the difference between the different businesses down there. The coke plant should go the way of that ridiculous “TIRE PLANT”. We are WAY overdue to unburden Erie from this left-over polluter. I also think Scott enterprise and the bayfront hotels need to join this fight. I’m glad there is a Doctor [ of science] who is participating, I hope more medical doctors join this fight. The doctor who participated in the tire factory rejection was a big factor. Kudos to the people who formed this group.


The smell of the plant is very strong and noxious in the downtown Erie area. The plumes of industrial toxins being released into the air ruins the downtown area, and is directly across from a protected shore birds area on the peninsula. It also is highly detrimental to all east side property values and any investments in that area of town.

Joyce M.

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