Community Finding Projects for Tonawanda Coke Fine Money

11:57 PM, May 23, 2013   |    comments
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TONAWANDA, N.Y. -- A local company found guilty of polluting the air in Tonawanda will likely get a hefty fine and residents are planning how some of that money will be spent.

The historic verdict in March found Tonawanda Coke guilty of violating the Clean Air Act. 

They will be sentenced and fined in July and federal law states that 25 percent of that fine can go back into the community that was adversely impacted by the polluter's actions.  A community meeting was held Thursday to discuss plans for how that money could be used.

"There's everything from setting up some kind of medical monitoring to seeing trees planted, landscaping, looking at remediation of soil, so we're really lking forward to what comes out of this meeting," said Rebecca Newberry with the Clean Air Coalition of WNY.

There could be as much as $50 million awarded for local community projects.  There is specific criteria: they must all benefit the public health and environment in some way. 

During the third week of June, residents can attend one of several meetings and vote on the projects they most want to see funded.

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