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Legislator Hardwick: Keep Tonawanda Coke fines local


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oneilj - Posted on 14 May 2013

Coke PresentationErie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick announces that at the Thursday, May 9, 2013 Legislative session, his resolution in support of keeping fines paid by Tonawanda Coke Corporation local, was approved unanimously.

“The pollutants emitted from Tonawanda Coke’s facility have greatly affected the health and wellbeing of residents in the community. The collected fines should remain in the City and Town of Tonawanda, Grand Island and the Riverside section of Buffalo,” said Legislator Hardwick.

At the request of Legislator Hardwick, Rebecca Newberry, program coordinator for the Clean Air Coalition of WNY, and Cheryl McNett, who has been affected by Tonawanda Coke, spoke in support of Legislator Hardwick’s resolution at the Legislature’s Energy and Environment Committee, which met prior to Thursday’s vote.

“I want to thank Rebecca and Cheryl for sharing their insight with the committee. They made quite an impression on the members,” Legislator Hardwick added.

Tonawanda Coke could face up to $200 million in fines when sentenced later this year. Specifically, Legislator Hardwick is requesting that any fines collected be used directly to address community health concerns and environmental problems caused by Tonawanda Coke.

Legislator Hardwick’s resolution will be forwarded to U.S. District Court Judge William M. Skretny and U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, requesting serious consideration be given to requiring that money paid stay in the Tonawandas. Rep. Brian Higgins, the Town of Tonawanda Board and City of Tonawanda Board are also on record in support of this measure.

For additional information, please contact Legislator Hardwick’s Legislative Office at 858-8672 or email kevin.hardwick@erie.gov.