Tonawanda, NY (WBEN) - Monday night at the Sheridan Parkside Community Center in the Town of Tonawanda, a meeting will be held to discuss issues surrounding Tonawanda Coke.
Among those issues are the results from a soil contamination test by a group called Citizen Science Community Resources, done to determine how many residents are potentially suffering from pollution given off by the company.
"We will be presenting data from four neighborhoods, one on Grand Island, two in the Town of Tonawanda, and one in the City of Tonawanda," said Jackie James Creedon, leader of Citizen Science Community Resources. "The impact area is North Buffalo, Grand Island, mainly eastern Grand Island, the City of Tonawanda, Town of Tonawanda, and Kenmore."
A past criminal investigation by the US Environmental Protection Agency and State Department of Environmental Conservation led to charges that the company and employees deliberately ignored environmental procedures. Tonawanda Coke was found guilty of actions leading to the illegal release of benzene, a cancer causing agent, into the air. Sentencing for that case is Scheduled for March, and attorneys from the US Department of Justice will be on hand at the meeting to provide an update.
Residents who believe they have been negatively impacted by Tonawanda Coke or pollution in the area are urged to attend the meeting and file a complaint.
"This meeting tonight is not about the explosion that occurred on January 31st," said Congressman Brian Higgins, "but it is indicative of a company that is deceitful and dishonest with this community."
Creedon says she has had no helpful response from Tonawanda Coke on the Issue.
The meeting is scheduled for 6:30PM at the Sheridan Parkside Community Center on Sheridan Parkside Drive in Tonawanda.