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01
Apr

An environmentalist reacts to reported chemical spill at Erie Coke plant

This reported chemical spill has gotten the attention of Erie City Councilwoman Kathy Shaff who has proposed a resolution to send a formal letter to state officials about “toxic pollution” at the Erie Coke plant. This is footage sent to us of of a reported chemical spill that happened inside of a tank in the Erie Coke plant. Investigators from the Department of Environmental Protection spent around a day and a half investigating what caused the alleged leak. “It smells terrible and everything,” said Erie resident Anabil Colon. Anabil Colon spends a lot of time fishing down at the bay...
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01
Apr

Councilwoman targets Erie Coke Corp.

Erie City Councilwoman Kathy Schaaf wants to send a formal letter to state officials about “toxic pollution” at the eastside plant. Erie City Councilwoman Kathy Schaaf wants Erie Coke Corp. to clean up its act. A Schaaf-sponsored resolution on City Council’s Wednesday meeting agenda requests that council send a formal letter to the state’s Department of Environmental Protection “regarding the toxic pollution emerging from” Erie Coke’s plant at the foot of East Avenue. The DEP, in a 16-page administrative order issued on Feb. 4, said it found several ongoing air-quality violations at the Erie Coke plant, including the release of...
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01
Apr

DEP Issues Orders to Erie Coke After Chemical Spill

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection issued its findings Monday after an investigation of a chemical spill at the Erie Coke plant late Sunday afternoon. The spill occurred at a wastewater treatment plant the company operates on site. According to the DEP, a hole developed in a large, above-ground storage tank March 18. Erie Coke personnel repaired the hole by welding a large metal plate to the tank. The tank failed Sunday, causing a large volume of wastewater to be released onto the ground and into surrounding structures at the facility. The wastewater contains, among other regulated substances, benzene, naphthalene, ammonia,...
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27
Mar

Testing the Water

Efforts to Hold Erie Coke Accountable recall Lake Erie’s polluted past In 2017, I clumsily completed the Presque Isle Partnership’s final Bay Swim. It wasn’t pretty — lots of gulping and doggy-paddling — but eventually, I emerged (after nearly everyone else) and rinsed the seaweed from my skin. I didn’t think about what else I was rinsing off; what else I may have ingested. Most of us wouldn’t. We take clean water for granted. Here on Lake Erie, we can be especially laissez-faire, even when we learn of droughts or pollution elsewhere. Surely, we’ll always have clean water to drink,...
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27
Feb

Fouling Erie’s Future

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Local coke plant violates pollution regulations. Outraged citizens organize and speak up. The state’s environmental protection arm steps in. The coke plant is forced to cease operations. Within a couple of months, air quality surrounding the site of the now-closed plant improves. A community breathes easier. Sound too good to be true? It is. At least it has been, here in Erie. But in Tonawanda, New York, where Erie Coke Corporation’s (ECC) sister site, Tonawanda Coke (TCC), used to operate, it’s recent history. On July 20, 2018, The Buffalo News reported that the plant...
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