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State to join lawsuit against Erie Coke Corp. plant

| Saturday, June 27, 2009

State environmental regulators say they plan to join a lawsuit which, they say, federal regulators plan to file by August over pollution concerns at the Erie Coke Corp. plant.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's northwest regional director, Kelly Burch, says the plant has exceeded pollution limits at least 30 times since June. That's when the state ordered the company to immediately begin complying with air-quality laws and issued a civil penalty for $6.1 million.

Erie Coke appealed but hasn't commented on the DEP's intention. Burch says federal and state regulators have been unable to reach a settlement with company.

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