PA DEP’s Northwest Regional Office Issues Administrative Order to Erie Coke Corp.

The Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Northwest Regional office on Feb. 4 issued an administrative order to Erie Coke Corp. (ECC) demanding it take action to correct air quality violations believed to be “ongoing and continuous” during the previous 18 months. The order lists 59 regulatory violations Erie Coke committed between June 3, 2017 and Oct. 11, 2018. These violations included exceedances of opacity limits for emissions from the coke ovens, illegally bypassing required hydrogen sulfide absorption equipment, and violating quarterly continuous monitoring standards, among others. It appears that Erie Coke had a chance to avoid the order but was...
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Citizens Prepare to Challenge Erie Coke’s Operating Permit Request

A citizens group continues to prepare a challenge to Erie Coke’s request to renew its operating permit. The group called “Hold Erie Coke Accountable” is waiting for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to hold a hearing on the permit. But, that hearing has been delayed. It’s been one year since the operating permit for Erie Coke expired, but the gates are still open and the plant remains in production while the permit process takes place. Over the past year, officials from the DEP have been monitoring the Erie Coke plant and sifting through reports to determine if the...
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Erie environmentalists ‘cautiously optimistic’ Erie Coke can clean up pollution

(ERIE, P.A. – WICU/WSEE/CW) –Environmentalists Dr. Mike Campbell and Pat Lupo Campbell say they are cautiously optimistic, to say the least. With the state’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) sending orders for the Erie Coke Factory to address their air pollution problems Monday, the collaborators on the website “Hold Erie Coke Accountable” say they are finally seeing progress. “I’m glad to see it.” Campbell said “I was very surprised.” said Lupo But with a laundry list of problems to handle, and a short time to do it, neither Lupo or Campbell have much confidence the plant can clean up in...
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DEP Orders Erie Coke Corporation to Submit Control Plan to Resolve Ongoing Violations

Meadville, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has ordered Erie Coke Corporation (Erie Coke) to address ongoing violations of the Pennsylvania Air Pollution Control Act at Erie Coke’s coke production facility in the City of Erie. “This action requires Erie Coke Corporation to re-evaluate its methods of operation and plan equipment to ensure that the facility is operated in full accordance with its permit and the applicable rules and regulations for the protection of our citizens. DEP is committed to enforcing the commonwealth’s conditions of the permits we issue and protecting Pennsylvania’s air,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell....
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What Tonawanda can learn from other shuttered coke plants

We’re not the only community to stare at a shuttered coke plant. A look at others around the country finds troubles similar to those now facing the Tonawanda Coke site: toxic messes left behind, doubts about how much the plant owner will pay for cleanup and nervousness about where it ranks among cleanup priorities. It took 17 years just to add a closed coke plant in West Virginia to the federal Superfund list. It cost more than $75 million to clean up a site in Ohio – nearly 38 years after the EPA first investigated contamination there. Demolishing a Kentucky...
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