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Coke plant fight continues as ground is broken

Construction crews work on the nearly quarter complete, $360 million SunCoke plant on Yankee Road in Middletown, Ohio Tuesday, Aug 24. Six-hundred workers will lay more than 3.6 million bricks in the coming weeks. Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland will visit the site Wednesday. (Gary Stelzer/MBR)

MIDDLETOWN — “Construction on a $360 million industrial coke-making facility here by SunCoke Energy Inc. is about 20 percent complete, but opponents aren’t giving up their two-year opposition to the controversial project…

Monroe resident Lisa Frye, president of SunCoke Watch Inc., a community group opposed to the project, said she’s not opposed to economic development, ‘but at what cost?’

Opponents argue the plant’s 100 coke ovens, which will burn up to 800,000 tons of coal annually, will cause further deterioration in the area’s air quality already deemed a non-attainment area by the Environmental Protection Agency.

‘If I didn’t think we had a case from a legal standpoint, I wouldn’t waste my time fighting this,’ said Frye.”

— Mike Boyer, Cincinnati Enquirer

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Governor, senator to participate today in SunCoke bricklaying

— Chelsey Levingston, Middletown Journal

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