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Foul air at Tonawanda Coke no problem for one fowl

Ospreys don't have a gavel or enforcement power like a federal judge, but they can build a nest.

Even at Tonawanda Coke.

That's just what state environmental officials said happened on an abandoned crane at this industrial site, a spot that become synonymous with pollution after a judge fined Tonawanda Coke $24 million for a 2014 conviction for environmental crimes.

It's one of several spots ospreys have been spotted nesting in the upper Niagara River over recent years, thanks to environmental restoration efforts. Several osprey nesting poles were set up as part of habitat improvement projects in the area, including at a picturesque marshland near Little Beaver Island.

But these ospreys liked Tonawanda Coke more for some reason.





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