In March of 2014, a federal jury found Tonawanda Coke plant in New York guilty of polluting the air and soil with high levels of benzene from its coke oven, serving the company with a $24 million verdict. A year later, as part of the company’s federal court sentencing, an $11 million, 10-year study was launched to quantify the coke plant’s impact to the public health. The health of 38,000 Tonawanda and Grand Island residents – one third of the population – which includes current and former plant employees, will be monitored. “The immediate long-term effects of this contamination are not easily discovered ... Read More
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