Local Leaders, Organizers Urge Residents Effected by Tonawanda Coke to Tell Their Story

May 25, 2013 Updated May 25, 2013 at 2:29 PM EDT

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Local Leaders, Organizers Urge Residents Effected by Tonawanda Coke to Tell Their Story

May 25, 2013 Updated May 25, 2013 at 2:29 PM EDT

Elected, community and business leaders are reminding local residents and companies of the opportunity to share their story with the judge considering the sentence in the federal case against Tonawanda Coke.

On March 28, 2013 a jury found Tonawanda Coke guilty of violations linked to the release of benzene, which is a known carcinogen. The case, handled under the leadership of Western New York District U.S. Attorney William Hochul, is only the second successful criminal trial against the Clean Air Act in the nation. Sentencing for Tonawanda Coke and the company’s Manager of Environmental Control, also found guilty, is set for July 15, 2013.

Individuals, organizations or businesses that believe they have been impacted by the company’s negligence are invited to submit statements to the Judge through the United States Attorney’s office. The deadline to submit an impact statement is July 1, 2013.

Residents can either write their own letter or the Tonawanda Community Fund has also developed a printable form to provide details and ease the process of submitting a statement.

The form is available through Congressman Higgins’ website at: http://higgins.house.gov/.

Residents should write their personal impact statements or complete the printable form and either mail them as directed or place them in drop boxes made available at the municipal buildings in the Town of Tonawanda, City of Tonawanda and Grand Island.