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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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25
Jul

Our view: Time to clear air at Erie Coke

An unanswered question looms over Erie Coke’s repeated, years-long clashes with environmental regulators: What has been the effect of the plant’s repeated failure to abide by laws meant to protect the public? In the current fight to retain its Title V operating permit, the second such contest in nine years, Erie Coke officials said the company’s analysis — conducted by a hired expert with data supplied by the company — shows a negligible risk of cancer posed by plant emissions. Perhaps that finding will be borne out. We hope so. But the public should not be asked to rely on...
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18
Jul

Erie Coke Hearing Concludes; Judge Will Not Make Immediate Ruling

The hearing was convened after the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection denied the renewal of Erie Coke’s operating permit. A hearing wrapped up Thursday to determine if Erie Coke can remain open after numerous air pollution violations. The hearing was convened after the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) denied the renewal of Erie Coke’s operating permit.   It was conducted by the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board with Judge Steven Beckman presiding. No closing arguments were made after testimony ended Thursday afternoon.  Instead, attorneys from both sides will submit briefs to Judge Beckman for his review. Those briefs must be submitted...
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