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Erie Coke plant casts a long, unhealthy shadow - Cancer diagnoses trouble city’s residents
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 06/23/2010 - 23:56.
Derek Gee / Buffalo News
Just as Cleveland has our Mittal Cleveland Works steel plant poisoning area citizens, Erie, Pennsylvania, has Erie Coke poisoning the people of that community, and nearby New York. The difference between the situation in Cleveland and Erie, apparent from the following article in the Buffalo News, is that the people polluted by Erie Coke are being protected by their area environmentalists and government leaders in Pennsylvania who are trying to Keep Erie’s Environment Protected - KEEP.
In the case of Erie Coke, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection signed a consent degree with the owner, J. D. Crane, on June 17, 2010, legally binding the company to comply with laws and regulations, pay a $6 million fine, and agree to pay an estimated $15 million for a schedule of improvements at their "antiquated facility aimed at halting the release of dangerous toxins into the atmosphere
Last year, at Tonawanda Coke (another area coke plant owned by the same company), the PA Department of Environmental Conservation found the plant was emitting cancer-causing benzene at levels up to 75 times higher than recommended guidelines.
Interesting the killers in Erie and Cleveland are directly related, being dealers in coke and one of their junkies. I bet we burn lots of that Erie Coke at Mittal Cleveland Works, passing along the cancer from one dying industrial town to the next, and back again.
Cap and trade, and the citizens of the polluted communities still die young.