Fines could hit $200M for N.Y. firm's clean-air, sludge violations

04/2/2013 | Reuters

Tonawanda Coke faces fines that could surpass $200 million after a federal jury found the company guilty of 14 violations related to air pollution and benzene sludge disposal, some dating to 1998. Environmental manager Mark Kamholz also was convicted of obstruction of justice over emissions information that was concealed in advance of a 2009 Environmental Protection Agency investigation. The New York plant produces coke, a coal-based additive involved in the production of steel.

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