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New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation is hosting a meeting tonight to announce progress on the toxic contamination cleanup near the old IBM site in Endicott.

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Tonawanda Coke and its owner will be sentenced in federal court. In the preliminary sentencing report U.S. District Judge William Skretny said victims will not be allowed to seek restitution during Wednesday’s sentencing.

Tonawanda Coke was found guilty of violating the Clean Air Act in March 2013. Judge Skretny says there are other legal avenues where victims can seek compensation. The victims also will not be allowed to read testimony during Wednesday’s sentencing.

Community Organizer with the Clean Air Coalition Rebecca Newberry says victims have the potential to seek compensation through the various civil lawsuits against the River Road plant.


The United States Environmental Protection Agency rolled out guidelines for newly built power plants designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The proposal is a key part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.

The EPA’s proposed standards say that all new power plants must be built with available clean technology to reduce their carbon dioxide output. EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck laid out the guidelines, which will be administered under the Clean Air Act.

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A polluted industrial site in Watertown, cleaned up in the late 1990s, has been garnering renewed public interest, for all the wrong reasons. Several current and former residents of the neighborhood have stepped forward, claiming exposure to chemicals from the site has made them sick.


Auto makers are being told to double fuel efficiency and halve pollution levels in the measures announced by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) .

The standards will apply to new passenger vehicles sold between 2017 and 2025.