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Erie Coke Corporation

Site Background

City of Erie, Erie County


Previous Property Owners and Operators:
Jarvis Company
Perry Iron Company
Mather and Company
Interlake Iron Company
Perry Furnace Company
Koppers Company, Inc.
Erie Coke Corporation

Erie Coke HSCA Investigation

DEP’s Bureau of Environmental Cleanup and Brownfields is investigating the former Erie Coke, Inc. in the City of Erie, in accordance with the Pennsylvania Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act (HSCA). Periodic updates about this investigation will be posted on this page.

The Erie Coke Site is located along Lake Erie at the foot of East Avenue in the City of Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania. The site was used for industrial manufacturing since approximately 1833 and operated as a coke production facility from 1925 to 2019. In December 2019, the facility ceased operation.

In May 2020, The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) formally requested involvement from the EPA’s Superfund and Emergency Management Division (Removal). Following a Removal Site Evaluation in July 2020, EPA signed their Action Memo which requested and documented approval of a Time-Critical Removal Action for the site, as well as the necessary funding. In Fall 2020, EPA initiated response actions intended to mitigate the threat posed to the public health and welfare due to the threatened release of hazardous substances from the Site. EPA’s actions are addressing the hazardous substances remaining in tanks, containers and piping posing the most immediate threat to public health, welfare, and the environment.

EPA removal actions will not investigate or manage potential contamination in surface water, soil, and sediment, or subsurface groundwater and soil. As a result, PADEP’s investigation will assess the level and extent of contaminants in these media at the Site. This environmental investigation will include sampling of surface water, soil, sediment, and subsurface groundwater and soil.


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Response Justification Document
HSCA Notices to Responsible Persons
Scope of Work for Department Contractor
Scoping Meeting on Site with Contractor
Investigation Work Plan Development
Investigation Field Work Activities
Final Reports

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Resources and Links


Please direct questions pertaining to the Erie Coke HSCA investigation to DEP Northwest Region HSCA Project Manager Chris Saber, at 814-332-6074 or

All media inquiries should go to DEP Northwest Region Community Relations Coordinator, Tom Decker, at 814-332-6615 or