Class Action Suit Filed Against Tonawanda Coke

September 27, 2010 Updated Sep 27, 2010 at 12:19 PM EDT

By WKBW Internet

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September 27, 2010 Updated Sep 27, 2010 at 12:19 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Nearly 30,000 residents in the Kenmore and Tonawanda area are filing a joint lawsuit against Tonawanda Coke.

The attorney representing the group filed the class action lawsuit in court Monday morning.

The suit blames Tonawanda Coke for polluting the air and negatively impacting the lives of those who live near it. A separate lawsuit is expected to be filed soon by those who claim to be sick because of the pollution.

Tonawanda Coke has already been hit with state and federal fines for pollution.