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21
Jun

Erie Coke to pay city $118,000 for wastewater violations

The city’s Bureau of Sewers found repeated violations of the coke plant’s permitted wastewater discharges. Erie Coke Corp. is facing yet another reprimand. This time, it’s for the coke plant’s handling of wastewater. In late May, Erie Coke agreed to pay a civil penalty of $118,598 to the city of Erie for “significant noncompliance” with wastewater discharge limits. The penalty is outlined in an administrative consent order that the city’s Bureau of Sewers issued in response to the violations. Erie Coke must also make any necessary changes to the wastewater pretreatment system at its plant at the foot of East...
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14
Jun

DEP Issues Four Notices of Violation to Erie Coke Corporation

ERIE – So far this month, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has sent four formal Notice of Violation (NOV) letters to Erie Coke Corporation addressing emissions and other issues at its East Avenue facility that stretch back through October of last year. Taken together, the letters address violations dealing with daily oven opacity exceedances, excess fugitive emissions, visible stack emissions, and for failing to properly operate a host of pollution control equipment. DEP has not issued a press release discussing the NOVs or provided further details related to the flurry of activity. Meanwhile, Erie Coke Monday appealed a decision...
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14
Jun

Four New Notices of Violation Issued for Erie Coke; Appeal Filed over DEP Action

The Pennsylvania Department of Environment Protection (DEP) issued four new notices of violation to Erie Coke Corporation in June, including the latest on Friday. It comes as the company is appealing the DEP’s decision to put the company on its compliance docket, which would restrict Erie Coke’s ability to renew its operating permit. The June 4 notice was issued for violations observed in Erie Coke’s quarterly compliance reports from Oct. to Dec. 2018 and Jan. to March 2019. The DEP also inspected Erie Coke on May 15 and found 13 violations, including visible fugitive emissions of unburned coke oven gas...
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14
Jun

DEP Issues Four New Notices of Violation to Erie Coke Corporation

The Erie Coke plant has a long list of violations from the DEP. These new violations were issued based on DEP’s recent inspections of the plant. According to DEP documents, they issued a violation on June 4th after reviewing the plants quarterly compliance reports. DEP issued another violation on June 5th after inspectors noticed visible fugitive emissions from the coke oven gas collector. On June 10th, the plant was cited for the percent of door leaks were also higher than the level permitted, along with two other violations. The latest violation which was issued on Friday is for fugitive emissions...
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