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A federal judge has denied Tonawanda Coke’s request for an acquittal of all charges or a new trial.

In rejecting the company’s motions, Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny said he found no legal reason to grant a new trial or set aside the previous jury verdict against the Town of Tonawanda company and one of its executives, Mark L. Kamholz.

The judge’s ruling came just a week before he is scheduled to sentence Tonawanda Coke and Kamholz for their role in illegally releasing benzene into the air and improperly dumping toxic sludge on the ground.

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