US environmental officials: Progress made at NY fuel plant

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Federal and state authorities are reporting major progress at Tonawanda Coke Corp., a year after the western New York fuel producer was sentenced for environmental crimes.

Tonawanda Coke was fined $12.5 million last year after being found guilty in 2013 of knowingly releasing the carcinogen benzene into the air. As part of the sentence, a federal judge also ordered the company to spend up to $12.2 million on two environmental studies.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says participants at a Monday conference call with reporters will discuss "major progress" at the industrial site.

Others participating include the Department of Justice, New York Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York state Attorney General's Office.

Plant officials didn't respond to a request for comment.