The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner issued a cease and desist order to Tonawanda Coke Corporation due to ongoing environmental violations and resident concerns. If Tonawanda Coke does not comply with the order, the DEC will revoke their air permits.
Basil Seggos, Commissioner of the NYS DEC, says this action is “to prevent potential harm to its workers, surrounding community, and the environment.” The DEC plans to initiate air monitoring in nearby communities.
“I’ve been pushing for action on this for years. It’s a public health issue. I’m thankful the DEC is stepping in to protect our residents,” Nate McMurray, Grand Island Town Supervisor said. McMurray will host a press conference on Saturday, July 21. Media invitations have been extended.
UPDATE: Concerned residents can help by filling out one of the air quality complaint forms HERE and mailing it to the DEC.