Tonawanda News

The Town

June 23, 2013

PATTERN OF POLLUTION

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Tonawanda News — Mead Westvaco, the owner that managed the site at the time of the plant’s final closing in 1987, voluntarily paid for the remediation of the site. Crane — again — gave nothing. 

Given his extensive track record sticking just about anyone else with the bill, local leaders’ efforts to direct any federal fines toward remediation and recovery here could be overly optimistic — or all for naught.

When Judge William Skretny issues his sentence next month it will almost certainly include fines reaching into the millions of dollars.

But if Crane’s history is any indication those seeking to claim victory might be well advised: Don’t count the money just yet.

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

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