Tonawanda News — Many of the test results were above that figure, but organizers stressed that they cannot be sure Tonawanda Coke is to blame.
“One source could be truck emissions and auto emissions, but there’s opportunities to do more sophisticated work with the data that would allow us to say whether it comes from the coking process versus the truck traffic,” said Joe Gardella, a University at Buffalo professor who also assisted with the study.
James-Creedon has asked Skretny to allocate $700,000 of the plant’s fine money toward a soil and water testing project that could trace the origins of BaP, as well as other contaminants.
U.S. prosecutors have included James-Creedon’s project in their recommendation, as well as an $11 million health epidemiology study and other initiatives. In total, the government has recommended that Tonawanda Coke fund nearly $12.8 million in community service projects as part of its sentence.
The recommendation also includes a $44.3 million criminal fine, a five-year probation, a remedial investigation of the coal field and the implementation of an environmental compliance plan.
Prosecutors have recommended that Kamholz be sentenced to a term of six to eight years in prison and pay a fine of $250,000.
Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000 ext. 4150, or follow her on Twitter @JessicaLBagley.