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29
Aug

Erie Coke hit with $200,000 wastewater penalty

It’s the company’s second consent order reached with the city of Erie since May. The same day that negotiations between Erie Coke Corp. and state regulators fell apart last week, the company reached an agreement with the city of Erie to pay a $200,000 penalty for mishandling wastewater as recently as June. The consent order is the second the city has reached with Erie Coke over wastewater treatment at the coke plant since May. The violations listed in the new consent order occurred between December and June. Erie Coke must pay the city a total of $191,077, according to the...
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14
Aug

Holding Our Breath

At this writing, Environmental Hearing Board Judge Steven C. Beckman is weighing Erie Coke’s case against being shut down, despite numerous violations of its Title V operating permit — even three more during the July hearing. On Monday, Aug. 12, Beckman filed an order “denying Erie Coke’s petition to reopen the record to include additional evidence in the case that the company did not bring up at the hearing,” according to Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP). “The order also grants the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) request to strike references to that evidence in Erie Coke’s post-hearing brief.” Meanwhile, DEP attorneys have...
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09
Aug

DEP & Erie Coke Submit Final Arguments in Environmental Hearing Board Case, Clash on Details

Whether or not Erie Coke Corp. will be permitted to operate while it appeals the state Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) denial of its Title V permit is now in the hands of an Environmental Hearing Board judge. Attorneys for both the DEP and Erie Coke Corp. on Wednesday submitted their post-hearing briefs for consideration by presiding Judge Steven C. Beckman following six days of testimony. In their final arguments to the EHB, attorneys for Erie Coke largely reiterated claims previously presented: That if the Board does not grant supersedeas allowing it to continue operations pending the appeal, it would...
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31
Jul

DEP Issues Three More Notice of Violation Letters to Erie Coke Corp.

The Department of Environmental Protection on Tuesday posted three Notice of Violation letters it issued to Erie Coke Corp. The letters are dated July 25, and address violations of air quality regulations that occurred on July 8, July 9, and July 12. According to the letters: Visible fugitive air contaminants of greater than 20 percent opacity were observed escaping from the coke-side shed. DEP noted that the violation was made during an inspection July 8. Then on July 9, DEP inspectors observed fugitive particulate matter emissions visible outside Erie Coke’s property. On July 12, visible fugitive air contaminants greater than...
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30
Jul

DEP issues new violation notices to Erie Coke

State agency claims one of the violations took place during a recent multi-day court hearing about the plant’s operations. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has notified Erie Coke Corp. of three new violations of its current operating permit including one that the DEP said occurred during a six-day administrative law hearing on the embattled plant’s operations. The notices of violation were filed on July 25 and sent to Erie Coke, located at the foot of East Avenue, via certified mail. The notices were also posted Tuesday on the DEP’s website. The violations, according to the letters, dealt with air...
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