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March 16, 2013

Tonawanda Coke manager demoted?

Lawyer calls Cahill's reassignment temporary

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Tonawanda News — After Snyder’s testimony was complete, Mango called Robert O’Connor, a DEC investigator, to the stand. O’Connor was part of the team that served a criminal search warrant at the plant in December 2009. 

O’Connor seized a number of documents from the office of the co-defendant in the case, Mark Kamholz, the plant’s environmental manager. 

Those documents include a business plan, which lists “compliance with regulations” as a plant weakness. The plan also called the potential cost of implementing procedures to comply with environmental regulations as a business risk.

Mango said the document proves the plant did not install environmental safeguards to bolster the bottom line. Linsin argued that one document, taken out of context, doesn’t accurately portray plant operations. 

Another folder in Kamholz’s office was full of media reports, including one News article from 2005 that identifies an “air quality problem” in Tonawanda. Mango said Kamholz keeping the articles indicates he knew about the problems in the area.

“It’s his own, and it’s from well before the DEC even showed up,” Mango said. 

After two-and-a-half weeks of testimony, the government is expected to rest its case Monday. 

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150

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