Tonawanda Coke exec faces long prison term

Apr 01, 2013 | 06:16 PM | Lisa Gordon

Tags  merchant coke, Tonawanda Coke, Mark Kamholz, Erie Coke, Clean Air Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Environmental Protection Agency, William Hochul Ignacia Moreno

PITTSBURGH — An executive at Tonawanda Coke Corp. faces up to 75 years in prison and fines in excess of $200 million after a jury found him guilty of breaking environmental laws.

Mark L. Kamholz, environmental control manager at the Tonawanda, N.Y.-based merchant coke maker, was convicted on 11 counts of violating the Clean Air Act and three counts of violating the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), as well as one count of obstruction of justice by instructing an employee to conceal from inspectors an unreported pressure relief valve that emitted coke-oven gas....

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