2010-05-27 / Local & State

Erie Coke Plant To Shut Down

ERIE, Pa. (AP) – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has ordered the Erie Coke plant to shut down.

The order issued Monday says the plant must shut down within 72 hours and its air quality permit has been revoked in what the state called a “last resort.’’

The state says there have been chronic emission problems at the plant.

In March, the plant released a stinky smoke cloud that the state said was caused by a power failure. At the time, the DEP said the smoke was likely to lead to air-quality violations.

The plant is currently appealing at $6.1 million fine for environmental violations.

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