TOWN OF TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WKBW) — Tax-payers living near the former Tonawanda Coke plant are breathing a little earlier this Monday, literally.
The DEC just released results of air quality monitoring in the Tonawanda Coke neighborhood, showing a corresponding drop in Benzene with the plant's shutdown in October.
According to DEC's analysis of air monitoring data, there was an immediate drop in benzene following the plant's closure.
Overall, the DEC's assessment finds no chemical concentrations that would, "be of concern for short and long-term exposures and no public health concern for either short or long-term exposure."
The DEC has operated two beneze monitors in the neighborhood since 2007. One monitor is located on Grand Island Boulevard. The second can be found on Brookside Terrace West.
In a statement released on Monday, DEC commissioner Basil Seggos said, "For too long, Tonawanda Coke has been a blight on this community and its owners will be held accountable for any damage to this community and the environment." Seggos went on to say, the "Dec and our partners at the U.S. EPA are a constant, on-site presence at this site to ensure public safety and a comprehensive investigation of the site is being launched to identify an contamination at the site."