Tonawanda Coke Corp. agreed to pay $2.75 million in civil penalties, $7.9 million to reduce air pollution and enhance air and water quality and $1.3 million for environmental projects in the area of Tonawanda, New York. The settlement stems from the company’s violations of the Clean Air Act which resulted in releases of coke oven gas, which contains benzene and other harmful chemicals. Tonawanda failed to install air pollution controls on its coke ovens, failed to properly monitor equipment for coke oven gas leaks, failed to conduct required annual maintenance inspections of emission controls and proper operations and maintenance and failed to complete multiple required reports among other violations. DOJ
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