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Tunnel collapse at Tonawanda Coke to be subject of public meeting

Several community groups will hold a public meeting next week to address health concerns raised by the collapse of a tunnel at Tonawanda Coke.

The meeting comes two months after the company confirmed the waste heat tunnel under the River Road facility had partially collapsed, an event that may have occurred over the winter.

The concrete tunnel connects to the company's 60 coke manufacturing ovens, and the incident likely sent toxic emissions into the air, according to the Clean Air Coalition of Western New York. Company officials in May said they were addressing the problem.

Clean Air, Organizing for Health and Justice and the Western New York Council for Occupational Safety and Health are hosting the meeting at 6 p.m. July 23 in the American Legion Milton J. Brounshidle Post, 3354 Delaware Ave., Town of Tonawanda.

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