NY Coke Plant Fined $12.5 Million for Polluting – NYTimes.com

An industrial plant that knowingly released hundreds of tons of the carcinogen benzene into the air over a five-year span and improperly handled hazardous sludge on the ground was fined $12.5 million on Wednesday, and a manager was sentenced to a year in jail.

Tonawanda Coke Corp. and its former environmental manager, Mark Kamholz, were convicted of federal environmental crimes last year in a case that began with do-it-yourself air testing by neighbors of the plant. The plant, along the Niagara River, burns coal to produce coke, used in steelmaking.

via NY Coke Plant Fined $12.5 Million for Polluting – NYTimes.com.

Pressing Refresh Notes:

“in a case that began with do-it-yourself air testing by neighbors of the plant.”

The public having to protect themselves by doing a job someone gets paid to do.

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