Some of the wildflowers in the overgrown field reach Mike Campbell’s head.
He walked through them one recent day, pointing out where to watch for railroad tracks, as he got closer to Erie Coke.
It’s an industrial plant on the shore of one of the Great Lakes where workers turn coal into a key ingredient for steel manufacturing. The operation has a long history of environmental violations, and it survived a shut-down attempt by state regulators almost a decade ago.
It’s now being targeted again — in part thanks to Campbell and a group he helped start.