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Department of Environmental Protection: FirstEnergy must apply to Greene Twp.

GREENE TWP, PA — “Greene Township officials will have the first opportunity to pass judgment on FirstEnergy Corp.’s request to expand its coal ash disposal operation at Little Blue Run.

The state Department of Environmental Protection, in a letter to FirstEnergy dated Dec. 15, said its ‘final decision’ on FirstEnergy’s expansion application will be ‘deferred until FirstEnergy has applied for and received the necessary local approvals.’

Residents consider the DEP decision a victory.

‘It was the community who made this happen, and it shows just what is possible when a community stays united,’ said Roni Kampmeyer, spokeswoman for the Little Blue Regional Action Group, formerly known as Citizens Against Coal Ash, said.”

— Bill Utterback, Beaver County Times

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