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EPA finishes work at former Tonawanda Coke site

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday that it has completed its work at the former Tonawanda Coke site and has handed oversight of the property over to New York State.

The EPA began its response at the River Road property shortly after Tonawanda Coke shut down in October 2018.

The agency secured the plant, including emptying the coke ovens; monitoring the air in the surrounding neighborhood; and overseeing the removal of tens of thousands of tons of coal and coke and a million gallons of contaminated wastewater.

The EPA is turning management of the future cleanup over to New York's Department of Environmental Conservation under the state's Brownfield Cleanup and Superfund programs.

Buffalo developer Jon M. Williams wants to transform the site into a campus for data centers once the cleanup is complete.

Williams is leading a voluntary private brownfield cleanup on one portion of the polluted property. Other sections will be cleaned by Honeywell International through the Superfund program.

At Tonawanda Coke, one toxic cleanup turns into four

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