Erie Coke 

Erie Coke Plant is now Closed
December 19th, 8:29 AM EST

Benefit or Burden? A thorough examination of the plant and its impact on the community

Interview with Erie Coke's Environmental Director Ed Nesselbeck

Axe Throwing: Stumpy's Hatchet House Coming to the Liberty Plaza

Axe Throwing: Stumpy's Hatchet House Coming to the Liberty Plaza

Get AXEcited a hatchet throwing facility at the Liberty Plaza begins construction next week.

DEP Issues New Notice of Violation to Erie Coke

DEP Issues New Notice of Violation to Erie Coke

The Department of Environmental Protection inspected the plant Oct. 9.

DEP Issues Two New Violations for Erie Coke

DEP Issues Two New Violations for Erie Coke

Erie Coke is involved in a court fight with the DEP over the renewal of its operating permit.

Pennsylvania DEP Opens Investigation Near Erie Coke Due to Air Monitoring Results

Pennsylvania DEP Opens Investigation Near Erie Coke Due to Air Monitoring Results

The levels, however, do not indicate there is an immediate risk for the community.

Erie Coke Pleased With Initial Air Quality Monitor Results

Erie Coke Pleased With Initial Air Quality Monitor Results

The first results from air quality monitoring units near Erie Coke are being released today. Erie Coke has seen them and the company is pleased.

Judge Sets Deadlines for Erie Coke Appeal

Judge Sets Deadlines for Erie Coke Appeal

The judge in the ongoing Environmental Hearing Board case has set deadlines ahead of the Feb. 2020 hearing against Erie Coke Corporation.

Citizen's Group Speaks Out About Judge's Ruling on Erie Coke

Citizen's Group Speaks Out About Judge's Ruling on Erie Coke

Members of Hold Erie Coke Accountable will assist the DEP in making sure conditions of judge's ruling are followed.

DEP: Erie Coke Decision ‘Extremely Disappointing’

DEP: Erie Coke Decision ‘Extremely Disappointing’

The Department of Environmental Protection is now trying to determine its next move, in response to a judge's decision to allow Erie Coke to remain in operations while the company attempts to save its operating permit.

Judge Allows Erie Coke to Continue Operating with Conditions

Judge Allows Erie Coke to Continue Operating with Conditions

An evidentiary hearing on Erie Coke's appeal will be held Feb. 3, 2020, at the Environmental Hearing Board facility in the Renaissance Centre in Erie.

No Settlement Reached in Erie Coke Case After 5 Hours of Talks

No Settlement Reached in Erie Coke Case After 5 Hours of Talks

A judge brought Erie Coke and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection together to see if a settlement on air pollution violations can be reached.

Erie Coke Makes Settlement Counteroffer

Erie Coke Makes Settlement Counteroffer

Erie Coke and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will meet with judge tomorrow for settlement conference

Settlement Conference Scheduled in Erie Coke Case

Settlement Conference Scheduled in Erie Coke Case

The plant was nearly shut down in 2010, but a court-ordered settlement was reached, the DEP said.

Judge Denies Erie Coke's Request for Additional Evidence

Judge Denies Erie Coke's Request for Additional Evidence

The company said the additional evidence shows its willingness to meet air quality standards.

DEP Gets Chance to Respond to Erie Coke's Request to Admit Additional Evidence

DEP Gets Chance to Respond to Erie Coke's Request to Admit Additional Evidence

Erie News Now has learned the Department of Environmental Protection has until Monday to respond to the latest petition.

Erie Coke Wants to Submit More Evidence to Judge for Review

Erie Coke Wants to Submit More Evidence to Judge for Review

The documents show the company's desire to achieve compliance, according to Erie Coke.

First Erie Coke Air Quality Samples Being Sent for Testing

First Erie Coke Air Quality Samples Being Sent for Testing

The sampling comes in response to concerns raised by the members of a community stakeholder group.

DEP Posts 3 More Violations Against Erie Coke

DEP Posts 3 More Violations Against Erie Coke

The violations occurred earlier this month

Citizens React to Air Quality Monitoring Near Erie Coke

Citizens React to Air Quality Monitoring Near Erie Coke

Erie News Now traveled to the area of Lighthouse Street, above the Erie Coke property to ask neighborhood residents how much they welcome the testing.

DEP to Test Air Quality Around Erie Coke Plant

DEP to Test Air Quality Around Erie Coke Plant

How much of a health risk is it if you live near Erie Coke? That's what the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is finding out. The DEP is taking another step to ensure the safety of those that live near Erie Coke.

Citizens Meet With DEP and Erie Coke

Citizens Meet With DEP and Erie Coke

It's been well over a year, but citizens, the DEP, and Erie Coke, all sat down in one room together to discuss air quality near the coke plant.

Pennsylvania DEP to Conduct Air Quality Sampling Near Erie Coke Plant

Pennsylvania DEP to Conduct Air Quality Sampling Near Erie Coke Plant

Thirteen monitors will be placed along the outside of the facility and at four locations in the community.

Erie Coke Hearing Concludes; Judge Will Not Make Immediate Ruling

Erie Coke Hearing Concludes; Judge Will Not Make Immediate Ruling

The hearing was convened after the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection denied the renewal of Erie Coke's operating permit.

Key DEP Witness Says Erie Coke Needs Backup Device

Key DEP Witness Says Erie Coke Needs Backup Device

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Official testifies why Erie Coke was denied renewal of its operating permit

Erie Coke Hearing Continues

Erie Coke Hearing Continues

Erie Coke and DEP witnesses testified today. The proceedings will continue tomorrow.

Erie Coke Environmental Director Cites Progress Made Towards Reaching Compliance

Erie Coke Environmental Director Cites Progress Made Towards Reaching Compliance

The Department of Environmental Protection is calling witnesses to the stand this Monday, in the hearing on the future of Erie Coke.

DEP Will List Measures Erie Coke Must Take to Receive Operating Permit

DEP Will List Measures Erie Coke Must Take to Receive Operating Permit

DEP's list of corrective measures and financial costs will be presented to Erie Coke after the company's settlement offer did not meet DEP guidelines for environmental compliance.

Congressman Kelly on Erie Coke: Comply with Regulations

Congressman Kelly on Erie Coke: Comply with Regulations

As an ongoing dispute between Erie Coke Corp. and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection continues, Congressman Mike Kelly is now weighing in on the issue.

DEP Turns Down $3.1 Million Settlement Offer By Erie Coke to Fix Facility

DEP Turns Down $3.1 Million Settlement Offer By Erie Coke to Fix Facility

The DEP is set to issue a response to the settlement offer, later this afternoon during a court hearing.

Erie Coke Worker Rushed to Hospital with Hand Injury

Erie Coke Worker Rushed to Hospital with Hand Injury

Rescue crews responded to a report of a worker with what they referred to as a smashed hand.

Erie Coke CEO Tells Judge His Employees Average $17 an Hour

Erie Coke CEO Tells Judge His Employees Average $17 an Hour

Erie Coke CEO testifies before Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board. He describes economic impact if plant had to close.

Erie Coke Expert Witness Testifies About Cancer Risk Near Plant

Erie Coke Expert Witness Testifies About Cancer Risk Near Plant

Dr. Allen Dittenhoefer testifies that cancer risk is minimal, but admitted that pollution could cause acute health problems.

New Judge to Hear Arguments on Injunction to Shut Down Erie Coke

New Judge to Hear Arguments on Injunction to Shut Down Erie Coke

The DEP denied Erie Coke's application to renew its operating permit and filed the injunction on July 1.

Erie Coke Granted Temporary Relief, Allowed to Continue Operating in Short Term

Erie Coke Granted Temporary Relief, Allowed to Continue Operating in Short Term

The Environmental Hearing Board on Friday granted Erie Coke temporary relief until the board can make a ruling on the petition filed Wednesday.

Could an NFL Stadium be Built on an Abandoned Coke Plant Property?

Could an NFL Stadium be Built on an Abandoned Coke Plant Property?

An official with the Town Of Tonawanda, NY has proposed the former Tonawanda Coke plant as the future home of the Buffalo Bills.

'A Little Too Late' Erie Coke Neighbor Skeptical Despite Cleanup Efforts

'A Little Too Late' Erie Coke Neighbor Skeptical Despite Cleanup Efforts

Steve Narusewicz has lived on Queen street on Erie's east side all his life. There's been a lot of changes since then, but one thing has remained the same.

Erie Coke Planning Public Meetings, Cancer Risk Assessment

Erie Coke Planning Public Meetings, Cancer Risk Assessment

Erie Coke planning extensive public outreach campaign as new regime is now in control at the plant.

Erie Coke Appeals DEP's Decision to Deny Operating Permit

Erie Coke Appeals DEP's Decision to Deny Operating Permit

In its appeal, Erie Coke said the denial of its operating license "would effectively cause the permanent and irrevocable closure of Erie Coke’s coke manufacturing facility."

Pennsylvania DEP Cites too Many Violations for Denying Erie Coke's Operation Permit

Pennsylvania DEP Cites too Many Violations for Denying Erie Coke's Operation Permit

As the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection works to have Erie coke shut down, we wanted to dig deeper and learn what led them to this decision.

Erie Community Weighs in on Possible Erie Coke Shutdown

Erie Community Weighs in on Possible Erie Coke Shutdown

With Monday’s news, viewers like you have been weighing in online. We wanted to see just how you felt about the DEP’s decision, and what it could mean for Erie.

Erie Coke Denied Operating Permit; DEP Files for Injunction to Close Plant

Erie Coke Denied Operating Permit; DEP Files for Injunction to Close Plant

The plant was nearly shut down in 2010, but a court-ordered settlement was reached, the DEP said.

Erie Coke Executive Releases Statement on Plant's Future

Erie Coke Executive Releases Statement on Plant's Future

Environmental Director responds to Erie News Now Special Report "Erie Coke: Benefit or Burden"

Four New Notices of Violation Issued for Erie Coke; Appeal Filed over DEP Action

Four New Notices of Violation Issued for Erie Coke; Appeal Filed over DEP Action

Erie Coke's counsel filed an appeal Monday of the notice to put the company on the DEP's decision to put the company on its compliance docket.

DEP: Nearly 80 Air Quality Violations by Erie Coke Still Unresolved, Further Action Taken

DEP: Nearly 80 Air Quality Violations by Erie Coke Still Unresolved, Further Action Taken

Erie Coke was ordered to develop a compliance plan and schedule to address the continuing violations in February, but it did not comply with all the requirements and has appealed the order, according to the DEP.

Erie Nuns March for Peace, Pray for End of Pollution from Erie Coke

Erie Nuns March for Peace, Pray for End of Pollution from Erie Coke

The silent march started at the Cathedral on W. 10 St., and they stopped to pray at 9 different stations.

Citizens Group Holds Public Meeting About Erie Coke

Citizens Group Holds Public Meeting About Erie Coke

About 100 people attend meeting at East Middle School to learn about efforts to make Erie Coke obey environmental laws.

Citizen Group Plans to Conduct Soil Sampling Near Erie Coke

Citizen Group Plans to Conduct Soil Sampling Near Erie Coke

Similar work by a citizen group in Tonawanda, NY helped to close a coke plant that was operated by the same owners as Erie Coke.

DEP: Contaminants Found Outside Erie Coke Plant, Other Recent Violations Reported

DEP: Contaminants Found Outside Erie Coke Plant, Other Recent Violations Reported

One of the violations said the DEP collected samples of a contaminant, which it has identified as coke, at the East Ave. Boat Launch on Feb. 15.

Erie Coke Issues Statement on Sunday's Tank Spill

Erie Coke Issues Statement on Sunday's Tank Spill

In the statement, the company said it is working closely with the DEP to resolve any issues and "strives to provide a safe environment for its employees and the surrounding communities."

Mayor Schember Talking Tough Against Erie Coke

Mayor Schember Talking Tough Against Erie Coke

Mayor issues ultimatum to Erie Coke.

Erie County Council members look for Erie Coke to clean up, be transparent

Erie County Council members look for Erie Coke to clean up, be transparent

Crews at the Erie Coke plant have just 10 days to reply to the orders set by Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
And the Erie County Council members we spoke to say, they'd like more to be done.

Chemistry Expert Sees Some Long-Term Concerns at Erie Coke

Chemistry Expert Sees Some Long-Term Concerns at Erie Coke

Crews have just a few days to finish cleaning up and disposing of what remains from Sunday’s spill.

It’s a process Joe Gardella says should not be too hard, though, the spill does bring up some long-term concerns.

DEP Issues Orders to Erie Coke After Chemical Spill

DEP Issues Orders to Erie Coke After Chemical Spill

The wastewater contains, among other regulated substances, benzene, naphthalene, ammonia, and cyanide, the DEP said.

DEP Confirms Chemical Leak at Erie Coke

DEP Confirms Chemical Leak at Erie Coke

DEP sources confirm a chemical spill at Erie Coke, but say there is no evidence anything reached Lake Erie.

Citizens Prepare to Challenge Erie Coke's Operating Permit Request

Citizens Prepare to Challenge Erie Coke's Operating Permit Request

Group called 'Hold Erie Coke Accountable' is waiting for public hearing by DEP on the permit renewal request.

Erie environmentalists 'cautiously optimistic' Erie Coke can clean up pollution

Erie environmentalists 'cautiously optimistic' Erie Coke can clean up pollution

The DEP has reported numerous, ongoing violations at the facility since June 2017.

Neighbors Concerned About Erie Coke

Neighbors Concerned About Erie Coke

Members of the East Avenue/Hess Avenue Neighborhood Watch plan to participate in public hearing concerning Erie Coke's operating permit renewal.

Permit For Erie Coke Plant Still Under Review

Permit For Erie Coke Plant Still Under Review

Public hearing for Erie Coke Plant cannot take place until review is finished.

Web Site Appeals to Public to Speak Out Against Erie Coke

Web Site Appeals to Public to Speak Out Against Erie Coke

Citizens want people to air any health and environmental complaints against Erie Coke. The company is now applying for a new operating permit from the Pennsylvania DEP.

Erie Coke Reaches Out to Public During Permit Renewal Process

Erie Coke Reaches Out to Public During Permit Renewal Process

Erie Coke has racked up air pollution violations during last 12 months.

Cease-and-Desist Order Issued for Erie Coke's Sister Plant

Cease-and-Desist Order Issued for Erie Coke's Sister Plant

It is located outside Buffalo and is the sister plant to the Erie Coke operation.

Erie Coke Plant Responds to Clean Air Investigation

Erie Coke Plant Responds to Clean Air Investigation

Erie Coke has issued a statement, after several federal agents from the EPA Criminal Investigation Division, the FBI, and U.S. Customs, served a search warrant at the facility, Tuesday. 

Agents Serve Search Warrant at Erie Coke Plant

Agents Serve Search Warrant at Erie Coke Plant

A news release from the EPA Regional Office in Philadelphia said the Erie Coke facility is subject to a clean air act operating permit that regulates emission limits.