Tonawanda Coke has taken a key step as it moves to dismiss a 'cease and desist' order filed by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
The company has requested a hearing concerning it.
In the request, lawyers for Tonawanda Coke contend that the company has been cooperative with the DEC, in attempts to improve opacity. The company also says the DEC is attempting to portray Tonawanda Coke as a company that does not care about the well-being of the environment or the surrounding community.
DEC spokesperson, Sean Mahar, issued this statement:
"DEC has received Tonawanda Coke Company’s request for a hearing, and will schedule the revocation hearing. Make no mistake, this action does not relieve the company from our rigorous oversight of all plant operations and we will continue to use all legal tools to pursue the company for any violation of law, such as the recent demand letter for payment of $736,250 in penalties for air violations under the consent decree. We will continue this aggressive approach to ensure the public is protected."