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After more than two years of waiting, advocates of a public health study into Tonawanda Coke’s manufacturing operations got more than a simple approval last week. Buffalo News, New York.
India biggest importer of US oil refinery byproduct the bottom-of-the-barrel leftover from refining Canadian tar sands crude and other heavy oils, is cheaper and burns hotter than coal. But it also contains more planet-warming carbon and far more heart- and lung-damaging sulfur.
The Indian government will phase out imports of petroleum coke, or petcoke, though the use of petcoke within the country continues to be debated. An AP report found US oil refineries are exporting the product to India in huge amounts, unable to unload it at home.
Neighbors near Tonawanda Coke are worried about their health.
cooperating with a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency order to monitor and analyze soil and groundwater at the former Ashland Coke Plant
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Soil testing results for neighbors of Tonawanda Coke. Sentencing day could come with prison time for Tonawanda Coke’s environmental control manager and millions of dollars in fines for the company for violating the Clean Air Act. Buffalo WIVB, New York. 4 March 2014.
Toxic chemicals found in soil of homes near Tonawanda Coke plant. Air monitoring showing elevated levels of benzene and other toxic emissions in the Town of Tonawanda’s western industrial corridor has been well-documented. Now a local citizens group is studying whether that pollution has also infiltrated the soil in nearby neighborhoods. Buffalo News, New York. 4 March 2014.
The largest company still operating there is Walter Coke, which is being sued in a class-action lawsuit by a North Birmingham resident on behalf of area property owners. Walter Coke processes coal to produce coke for fuel use in blast furnaces and foundries in the steel industry.
Jan. 29 2010-- An environmental manager for Tonawanda Coke Corp. has been arrested and several environmental allegations have been made against the company following a lengthy investigation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Link here: http://www.wasterecyclingnews.com/headlines2.html?id=1264777367&allowcomm=true
Council asks Tonawanda Coke to be better neighbor. The City of Tonawanda Common Council is asking nearby chemical facilities to be better neighbors by reducing the amount of a carcinogenic chemical that they release into the air, potentially putting city residents’ health at risk. North Tonawanda News, New York. 7 January 2009.
Monroe spends $150,000 and counting to halt coke plant. The city says the coke plant would emit thousands of tons per year of new pollutants into the air of Butler County, which does not meet federal air quality standards designed to protect public health. Middletown Journal, Ohio. 25 February 2009.
Ohio EPA: It's OK to start building $340M coke plant. SunCoke Energy has the go-ahead to start construction on its $340 million coke oven facility in Middletown. Middletown Journal, Ohio. 22 January 2009.
Proposed coke plant raises concerns for neighboring communities
By Duane Ramsey
2007--Sandy Bihn doesn't know her possible new neighbors, but she's leery
about what their presence in her community could mean.
Click for full story: http://www.toledofreepress.com/?id=6796
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Making coke can be a dirty process: an Illinois petroleum coke maker was cited for air violations
In July 2005 a coke drying plant near Chicago, Illinois was facing government action regarding alleged air pollution violations at Lemont, Ill. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency alleges that the company modified the plant, causing significant emission increases, without obtaining permits that would have required the installation of additional pollution controls. The company also allegedly failed to report the modifications in its state operating permit application and failed to comply with testing and monitoring requirements, the EPA said. The emissions that allegedly increased included volatile organic compounds, particulate matter, nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide. Source: WasteNews.com