A citizens group questioning cleanup plans for the old Tonawanda Coke plant now wants the state to reject those plans.
In a letter to the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the Clean Air Coalition cited more a dozen reasons for turning down the brownfields application submitted by developer Jon M. Williams.
The coalition maintains current cleanup plans would pose a threat to drinking water, result in the discharge of contaminated stormwater and create soil cleanup levels that are inappropriate.
Williams bought the contaminated plant last year and wants to use the state brownfields program to remediate and clear the 129-acre site along the Niagara River. He says the brownfields program will result in a site that is not only safe but reusable.
The coalition favors a federal Superfund cleanup and says the brownfields approach would allow Honeywell, one of the companies responsible for contaminants at the site, to walk away from its obligations.
Located on River Road in the Town of Tonawanda, the plant closed shortly after Tonawanda Coke filed for bankruptcy last year.