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July 10, 2013

Tona. Coke hearing delayed

Tonawanda News — A much-anticipated sentencing following the conviction of Tonawanda Coke and its environmental manager, originally scheduled Monday, has been put off until September.

U.S. District Judge William Skretny moved the hearing to 2 p.m. Sept. 30. Tonawanda Coke faces fines that could total $200 million after being found criminally responsible for violating the Clean Air Act.

A jury found Kamholz and the River Road facility guilty in March of violating two federal environmental laws, the Clean Air Act and the Resource Recovery and Conservation Act, after a 30-day trial. Kamholz faces the possibility of 75 years in prison. 

The deadline for submitting victim impact statements has also been moved as a result of the delay. Residents now have until Aug. 1 to submit the statements to the United States Attorney’s Office. 

Those who wish to submit statements about how Tonawanda Coke has impacted their health or standard of living are instructed to describe any impact the crimes had on them and any thoughts about what sentence should be imposed. Residents are advised that the defendants may see the statements.

The statements and any questions can be sent to: United States Attorney’s Office, Attn: Sharon Knope, 138 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, N.Y., 14202 or by email to Residents with questions about their submissions can call Knope at 843-5828.

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