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Tonawanda Coke fined $12M for Clean Air Act violation; company manager sentenced to prison

BUFFALO - Tonawanda Coke Corporation, which was convicted of 11 counts of violating the Clean Air Act and three counts of violating the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act by a federal jury in March 2013, was sentenced to pay a $12.5 million fine and five years of probation in federal court. The judge also ordered Tonawanda Coke to pay $12.2 million to fund two environmental studies to help determine the extent of health and environmental impacts Tonawanda Coke has had in the community. 

The fine is one of the largest fines ever levied in an air pollution case involving a federal criminal trial.   

In addition, Tonawanda Coke Environmental Control Manager, Mark Kamholz, 66, of West Seneca, N.Y., who was convicted of 11 counts of violating the Clean Air Act, one count of obstruction of justice and three counts of violating the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, was sentenced to 12 months in prison and a $20,000 fine.

“Today’s sentencing holds Tonawanda Coke and its Environmental Control Manager accountable for one of the most egregious environmental pollution crimes in this area's history,” said U.S. Attorney William Hochul Jr. “As found by the jury, these defendants released hundreds of tons of poisonous, benzene-laden gas containing into the atmosphere, while also dumping additional hazardous waste out in the open. Such conduct is the equivalent to releasing known killers into the community. As expressed in citizen letters, this criminal conduct at a minimum caused substantial emotional and psychological harm, to say nothing of possible physical harm. The fact that remedial measures would have cost a small fraction of the company's multi-million dollar profits only adds to the seriousness of these crimes.”