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01
Jul

Statement by Hold Erie Coke Accountable

Erie, PA – Hold Erie Coke Accountable (HECA) supports the PA DEP’s decision to end ongoing pollution from Erie Coke, and commends our DEP for the hard work that led to this action. This was the necessary and proper proceeding given the unwillingness of Erie Coke to come into basic compliance. It is disappointing that Erie Coke has so little regard for its employees’ stability, our environment, and the vibrant economic future of Erie. Recent DEP records show that Erie Coke continues to fail to address egregious pollution violations, attempted to change the parameters of their federal Title V Operating...
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01
Jul

DEP Denies Erie Coke Operating Permit; Files For Injunction to Close Plant Following Numerous Violations

Erie, PA – The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today denied Erie Coke’s application to renew its Title V operating permit and has filed a complaint for injunctive relief in Erie County Court seeking to shut down the coke production facility following years of numerous repetitive environmental violations. “For more than a decade, DEP has received persistent complaints from the community and has continuously cited Erie Coke for various environmental violations. DEP has given Erie Coke many opportunities to address violations and comply with state and federal laws. Our staff have participated in stakeholder meetings and have worked with the...
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01
Jul

Pennsylvania environmental regulators move to shut down Erie Coke plant

State environmental regulators are moving to shut down Erie Coke, a foundry with a lengthy history of environmental violations. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell said the agency has received numerous complaints from the community over the past decade and has cited the plant, in the city of Erie, for numerous violations of state and federal law. “Our staff have participated in stakeholder meetings and have worked with the community, elected officials and the company to address issues and concerns,” McDonnell said in a statement. “Unfortunately, the frequency and severity of Erie Coke’s violations have only increased during...
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28
Jun

Erie Coke: DEP Frustrated, Company Optimistic

Pollution violations are still occurring at the Erie Coke plant. Another violation was reported yesterday by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. (DEP) Those violations are occurring at the same time as the company wants the DEP to renew the plant’s operating permit. Erie citizens are fighting to make sure Erie Coke abides by environmental rules. Some citizens are also defending Erie Coke believing the plant should be left alone because it’s the home of 125 good paying jobs. The DEP has issued 80 pollution citations to Erie Coke over the past two years and is frustrated with the company....
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26
Jun

Erie Coke: How Tonawanda Residents Battled a Coke Plant

A citizens group in Erie are attempting to urge Erie Coke to stop polluting the air. They are demanding the company clean up its act or shut down. The local group is following in the footsteps of a group of citizens in Tonawanda, NY who took on a sister plant of Erie Coke. It was a long battle. In 2009, the citizens group convinced the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to investigate Tonawanda Coke. The investigation eventually led to the company being found guilty in federal court of violating federal clean air regulations. Mark Kamholz, the plant’s environmental manager, was also...
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