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Tonawanda Coke requests DEC hearing

Tonawanda Coke has requested a hearing with the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the agency and company have confirmed.

The 101-year-old River Road coke producer had until the end of the week to request the DEC hearing or face a revocation of its air permits to operate the business. The DEC cited it last week with 176 environmental violations.

"DEC has received Tonawanda Coke Company's request for a hearing, and will schedule to revocation hearing," the DEC said in a statement.

The agency said the request for the hearing doesn't relieve Tonawanda Coke from DEC oversight of its operations or the agency's demand for $736,250 in penalties levied against it for allegedly violating its consent decree concerning air quality.

By law, the revocation hearing must be held within 60 days, the DEC said.

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