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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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24
Jun

Erie Coke: Benefit or Burden to City of Erie?

This is an important time in the history of the Erie Coke plant.  The company is applying to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for a renewal of its operating permit.  However, the plant has received numerous citations from the DEP for pollution violations.  There’s been 6 violations so far this month. Citizens are now speaking up against the plant.  Erie Mayor Joe Schember and Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper have both called for Erie Coke to abide by the terms of its operating permit or shut down.  Never before have top local elected officials spoken negatively about the...
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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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