Coal / FirstEnergy

Fish kills cost region $30 million annually

Bay Shore plant in Oregon blamed

A reverse louver is hoisted by a crane at the Bay Shore power plant in an effort to reduce the number of fish kills in Lake Erie.

OREGON — “‘FirstEnergy has gotten away with massive fish kills scot-free for years,’ Sandy Bihn of the Western Lake Erie Waterkeepers Association said as she spoke to reporters on a conference call yesterday.

Her group is working in tandem with others – the Sierra Club, the Ohio Environmental Council, the Lake Erie Charter Boat Association, the Izaak Walton League of America, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and Ohio Citizen Action – in lobbying the state of Ohio for stricter controls. They split costs for the study.

Those groups would like to see FirstEnergy install a cooling tower. Such devices can reduce fish mortality by 95 percent and result in a milder thermal plume from the discharge, officials have said.”

— Tom Henry, Toledo Blade

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FirstEnergy asked to end fish kill at power plant — Bob Downing, Akron Beacon Journal

Groups say coal plant killing too many fish — Kristina Smith Horn, Port Clinton News Herald

Ohio coal plant linked to $30m in annual economic damage, Bruce Nilles, Huffington Post