The final 30 coke ovens have been shut down at Tonawanda Coke, marking the end of production at the facility, according to the Department of Environmental Conservation.
“With the shutdown of the last 30 coke ovens at Tonawanda Coke, we are moving this community one step closer to being free of this facility’s billowing smokestacks. DEC will continue to oversee operations until the job is complete, monitoring every step of the shutdown of Tonawanda Coke, and advancing the cleanup of any contamination this facility leaves behind,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos.
The DEC says the next steps throughout the week include continuing to purge the system of gas lines throughout the site, as well as cooling of the battery ovens.
Tonawanda Coke previously had 60 ovens in operation.