The community around the Tonawanda Coke plant will have to wait five more months to learn the fate of the company found guilty of illegally releasing benzene into the air and improperly dumping toxic sludge onto the ground. The judge who will sentence the Town of Tonawanda manufacturer and one of its executives Tuesday set a new sentencing date of March 19.
Chief U.S. District William M. Skretny noted that several issues require a later sentencing date, including what kind of fine Tonawanda Coke can afford to pay and how serious the harm was that the company caused.
The company was found guilty of 14 criminal charges during a four-week trial earlier this year. Mark L. Kamholz, its environmental controls manager, was found guilty of 15 criminal charges.