|Coke in the
Coke plant cleanup efforts
cooperating with a U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency order to monitor and analyze soil and groundwater at the
former Ashland Coke Plant
Petcoke operator out of Chicago
Koch brothers' firm threatens lawsuit over Chicago petcoke
Criminal Charges Coke
Soil testing results for neighbors of Tonawanda
day could come with prison time for Tonawanda Coke’s environmental control
and millions of dollars in fines for the company for violating the Clean
Air Act. Buffalo
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
New York. 4 March 2014.
llinois expands crackdown on petroleum coke.
Michael Hawthorne Chicago Tribune
coke storage controversy isn't over for Detroit, just relocated.
The controversy over large petroleum coke piles stored along the
Detroit River. . Detroit
Free Press, Michigan
Petroleum Coke is a big issue in Illinois. But not an emergency.
piles suggest the future of Canadian tar sands oil.
2013, residents of Chicago’s far southeast side noticed mountains of black
dust growing in one corner of the neighborhood. It’s petroleum coke -- pet
coke for short. That's what gasoline refineries produce as a byproduct of
refining gasoline. It’s full of carbon, sulphur and heavy metals. MarketPlace
In a complaint filed Monday in Cook County Illinois,
Circuit Court, Madigan accused KCBX Terminals of repeatedly violating
state law by allowing lung-damaging particulate matter to swirl off piles
of petroleum coke and coal along the Calumet River.
coke from BP oil refinery piles up in Chicago.
Just south of the Chicago Skyway bridge, a dusty byproduct of the Canadian
oil boom is piling up in huge black mountains along the Calumet River.
More is on the way. A lot more. Chicago
Illinois EPA cracks down on owner of petcoke pile
on Southeast Side.
Faced with complaints about black clouds of dust swirling into two Chicago
neighborhoods, state environmental regulators are cracking down on one of
the companies piling up huge mounds of refinery waste on the Southeast
Push on for petroleum coke study before Keystone
pipeline gets OK. A
U.S. congressman is calling for a complete health review of petroleum coke
before Washington approves the Keystone XL Pipeline. Michigan
Representative Gary Peters claims that one third of the cheap, combustible
carbon byproduct, used mainly in overseas power plants, comes from the
Alberta oilsands. CBC
Canada. 30 May 2013.
Carondelet Coke was one of the most polluted places in Missouri.
Allied Chemical and Ironton Coke was one of the most contaminated sites in
Each scored high enough on a hazard scale to be considered for inclusion
on the U.S. government's priority list for cleaning toxic sites.
By-products and wastes generated by the gasification process included
polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, volatile organic compounds, and other
contaminants and hazardous substances including benzene, arsenic, heavy
metals, tar, oil, coal, lampblack, and coke.
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.
Tonawanda Coke Corp. charged with
violating water act
Aug. 27 -- The Tonawanda Coke Corp., of Tonawanda,
N.Y., faces another round of environmental orders from the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA has now accused the company of
violating its Clean Water Act permit...MORE»
EPA cites coke plant for cyanide violations. Tonawanda
Coke is in hot water with the Environmental Protection Agency again. Buffalo
New York. 27 August 2010.
Feds charge Tonawanda coke with environmental crimes.
The Tonawanda Coke Corporation and its Environmental Control Manager
Mark Kamholz are charged with 20 federal crimes; most of them are
violations of the federal Clean Air Act. People who live by the plant
have been complaining of air quality and high cancer rates for years. Buffalo
Buffalo News - - Jun
Buffalo News - - Jun
Tonawanda Coke Corp. faces more EPA orders
April 30 -- The Tonawanda Coke Corp. in Tonawanda, N.Y., is facing yet
another set of orders from the U.S. Environmental Protection... MORE»
Manager arrested, company cited for enviro violations
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:
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
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.
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.
Ohio. 22 January 2009.
Proposed coke plant
raises concerns for neighboring communities
By Duane Ramsey
Toledo Free Press Staff Writer
2007--Sandy Bihn doesn't know her possible new neighbors, but she's leery
about what their presence in her community could mean.
Bihn, a member of Oregon City Council, is concerned about the amount of
air and water pollution a proposed industrial facility to be located along
the border of Oregon and Toledo would release into the environment. The
plant, which would produce coke, a byproduct of coal, for use in North
American steel and foundry facilities, will be built on an area the City
of Toledo pledged to keep as wetlands when it expanded its water treatment
plant on York Street south of the site, said Bihn, executive director of
the Western Lake Erie Waterkeeper Association.
“The site is right across the river from Point Place so those residents
should be concerned about the potential pollution from it,” Bihn said.
“Most communities would have a lot of interest, but Toledo seems to be
apathetic toward environmental issues.”
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