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The Town

March 29, 2013

Thursday's verdict years in the making for citizen activists

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TOWN OF TONAWANDA —

Just two weeks later on Feb. 27, the long-winded federal criminal began, and after a month of testimony, the jury returned its verdict Thursday. 

The fate of the plant has yet to be determined — but the sentencing, scheduled for July 15, will likely offer some indication of what will happen to the River Road facility. If anything approaching the $200 million in possible fines come to pass it would almost certainly lead to the plant's closure.

Despite Thursday's landmark victory after nearly 10 years of work, organizers say the fight is still not over. A slew of civil cases are still pending and remedies for many residents have yet to be won. 

"The criminal case is behind us, but there's still more work to be done," Heaney said. "There's still more to this story."

 

 

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

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