Archive for December, 2010

Odor at refinery was from cracked pipe
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Odor at refinery was from cracked pipe

East Side oil recycler replaces part COLUMBUS — “An East Side refinery with a history of odor issues drew the attention of state officials again yesterday after neighbors reported a stench to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Ohio EPA inspectors who visited the Heartland Refinery Group’s used-oil refinery found the […]

Who is Tony Sharma and what is his role with Baard?
Baard Energy / Coal

Who is Tony Sharma and what is his role with Baard?

COLUMBUS — A new figure has entered the Baard Energy story: Kautilya “Tony” Sharma. The first time Tony Sharma’s name appeared in the Baard documents, obtained by public records requests, was on October 12, 2010. That day, Baard Vice President Steve Dopuch wrote, “Tony has asked to set up an […]

Ranchers, pecan growers and experts say coal-fired power plant emissions killing Texas trees
Coal

Ranchers, pecan growers and experts say coal-fired power plant emissions killing Texas trees

BASTROP, TX — “Along a stretch of Highway 21, in a pastoral, hilly region of Texas, is a vegetative wasteland. Trees are barren, or covered in gray, dying foliage and peeling bark. Fallen, dead limbs litter the ground where pecan growers and ranchers have watched trees die slow, agonizing deaths. […]

Rumpke Haul-it-Away partners with St. Vincent de Paul
Good Neighbor Campaigns

Rumpke Haul-it-Away partners with St. Vincent de Paul

CINCINNATI — “Rumpke Haul-it-Away is partnering with St. Vincent de Paul to divert additional items from the waste stream. Haul-it-Away, Rumpke’s full service garbage collection and removal team, removes unwanted items such as furniture and appliances directly from any location at homes or businesses. Once collected, a team of professionals […]

Air quality monitored at schools
Eramet / Good Neighbor Campaigns

Air quality monitored at schools

EPA report found manganese levels fluctuate; more studies planned MARIETTA — “The final report from a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency study that measured air quality at three local schools has been released, but more monitoring is expected. The study, which began in August 2009 and measured pollutants in the air […]

Baard Energy misses Dec 27 Court deadline in breach of contract case: no lawyer, no communication
Baard Energy / Coal

Baard Energy misses Dec 27 Court deadline in breach of contract case: no lawyer, no communication

COLUMBUS — Baard Energy has just missed another deadline. The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio had given Baard until December 27 to respond to CH2MHill’s plaintiff’s motion and affidavit for default judgment seeking $229,466.75 for breach of contract. The contractor is suing for payment of bills […]

Risky business: EPA builds list of potentially dangerous chemicals
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Risky business: EPA builds list of potentially dangerous chemicals

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC — “As the rates of learning disabilities, autism and related conditions rise, the Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to release a roster of the pollutants likely to contribute to these or other neurological disorders. In an ongoing, three-year effort, an EPA team has determined which developmental neurotoxicants […]

What’s in a name? ‘Mountaintop removal’ vs. ‘mountaintop development’
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

What’s in a name? ‘Mountaintop removal’ vs. ‘mountaintop development’

Coal operators, environmentalists ponder rebranding BECKLEY, WV — “Coal operators and environmentalists have been pondering the value of a name since the revelation that the coal industry may push for ‘rebranding’ surface mining as ‘mountaintop development’ instead of ‘mountaintop removal.’ The process of blasting the top of a mountain to […]

Residents can sign up for larger recycling bins
Good Neighbor Campaigns

Residents can sign up for larger recycling bins

MIDDLETOWN — “It only takes a couple of milk jugs before Thomas Allen is out of room for his recycling. The First Ward councilman said he has long awaited a new recycling bin with more capacity than his little toter. In January, his wish may be granted as a new […]

Port gets $600K for Baard site
Baard Energy / Coal

Port gets $600K for Baard site

LISBON — “The Columbiana County Port Authority has received $600,000 to purchase some of the land for the Baard Energy project, but another option extension will be needed for the remaining property. Port Authority CEO Tracy Drake said they received $600,0000 late Wednesday, which is enough to exercise the option […]