Niagara Gazette

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March 16, 2013

Tonawanda Coke manager demoted?

Plant's lawyer calls Cahill's reassignment temporary after News inquiry

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Niagara Gazette — In response to Linsin’s concerns, Skretny said he will monitor the news and, as he has done throughout the trial, instruct the jury not to read media reports about the case.

After the discussions, the prosecution called a former plant superintendent, Ron Snyder, to the stand. Snyder resigned from the plant in 2005 after the company demoted him unexpectedly.

On direct examination, Snyder testified about the plant’s alleged violation of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. The testimony comes the day after the prosecution’s expert witness on the law, Environmental Protection Agency official Philip Flax, testified the plant violated regulations by improperly storing and disposing of coal tar sludge, a byproduct of the coke-making process that is classified as hazardous waste.

Snyder backed up those claims by testifying that the sludge was mixed back in with coal on an outdoor, permeable surface, allowing it to seep into the ground.

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150

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