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.
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.