NY fuel manufacturer found guilty of violating probation

September 18, 2018

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A judge says an upstate New York fuel manufacturer is guilty of violating probation by having emissions that could create a threat to public health.

Tonawanda Coke Corporation was found guilty on Monday in federal court of violating probation from a 2013 conviction for violating the Clean Air Act. Federal prosecutors argued Tonawanda Coke continues to release poisonous gas from its coke oven operations.

Coke is a type of coal product commonly used as industrial fuel.

An attorney for the plant said Tonawanda Coke is making changes to address its emissions, and argues the emissions are not dangerous.

Prosecutors have until Tuesday to submit a sentencing proposal, and the company has until Wednesday. Sentencing is scheduled for Friday.

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