Hearing addresses fish kills at Bay Shore

Environmentalists, FirstEnergy at odds

FirstEnergy's Bay Shore Power Plant, Oregon, Ohio.

OREGON — “The state regulatory agency has conceded the plant, in hindsight, never should have been built at the confluence of where the Maumee River meets Lake Erie’s Maumee Bay, one of the Great Lakes region’s most important fish nurseries.

FirstEnergy’s self-reported numbers, generated by paid consultants, speak for themselves: Bay Shore’s powerful water intake is believed to be responsible for the deaths of as many as 60 million fish a year, 46 million adults and 14 million juveniles. Those are the estimates reported to the Ohio EPA of what gets impinged against intake screens in any given year.

‘There’s assumed to be 100 percent mortality, although there’s some debate about that,’ Mike McCullough, an Ohio EPA environmental specialist, said at the start of last night’s meeting at Clay High School, attended by about 75 people.

Records submitted by the utility also show an estimated 209 million fish eggs and 2.2 trillion microscopic fish in their larval form being pulled through screens and killed inside the plant each year, too.”

— Tom Henry, Toledo Blade

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