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Editorial: Polluters of all sizes should be treated same
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Editorial: Polluters of all sizes should be treated same

WILLOUGHBY — “When it comes to doing business, everyone prefers — and respects having — a level playing field. And in Ohio, it appears as though the playing field may soon be leveled with regard to businesses and air pollution. A federal judge ruled last week that Ohio environmental regulators […]

SunCoke gets final permit, can start construction
Good Neighbor Campaigns

SunCoke gets final permit, can start construction

MIDDLETOWN — “SunCoke Energy now has its air permit to build a $360 million coke oven facility in Middletown, and can begin construction immediately, according to state officials… The SunCoke plant, set to be built on a 157-acre plot off Yankee Road in Middletown, was plagued with myriad issues since […]

After feds step in, DEP cites Massey dam
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

After feds step in, DEP cites Massey dam

CHARLESTON, WV — “After federal officials threatened to step in, the state Department of Environmental Protection late last week cited Massey Energy for problems with the expansion of its controversial Brushy Fork coal-slurry impoundment in Raleigh County. DEP officials were aware of a stability violation at the site since late-December […]

Baard bond resolution has expired
Baard Energy / Coal

Baard bond resolution has expired

CLEVELAND — “The Ohio Air Quality Development Authority (OAQDA) confirmed today that it has not issued any bonds for the proposed Baard Energy Ohio Clean River Fuels plant. The company had received an agreement from the state authority in December 2006 for the issuance of $4 billion in bonds. Responding […]

Here is what Ohio EPA permits would allow the proposed Baard coal plant to put into our air every year:
Baard Energy / Coal

Here is what Ohio EPA permits would allow the proposed Baard coal plant to put into our air every year:

Source: Ohio EPA permits for the proposed Baard coal plant in Wellsville, Ohio, compiled by the Natural Resources Defense Council. The permitted emissions do not take into account possible flaring due to process upsets or emergencies, when pollutants may be sent out untreated. Of the permitted pollutants, many emissions would […]

SunCoke commits $280M for coke plant this year
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SunCoke commits $280M for coke plant this year

MIDDLETOWN — “Sunoco Inc., parent company of SunCoke Energy Inc., said it ‘remains committed’ to building a coke plant in Middletown and plans to invest up to $280 million this year for its construction… Since the project was announced nearly two years ago, the now estimated $360 million coke oven […]

Federal judge rules Ohio EPA in violation of Clean Air Act
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Federal judge rules Ohio EPA in violation of Clean Air Act

COLUMBUS — “In a significant environmental decision, U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Abel ruled yesterday that Ohio EPA has violated the Federal Clean Air Act by failing to require the use of ‘best available technology’ for thousands of air pollution sources in Ohio. Judge Abel’s ruling reversed a decision he had […]

Judge blocks further protests against Massey
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Judge blocks further protests against Massey

CHARLESTON, WV — “A federal judge has temporarily ordered a halt to mountaintop-removal protests that involve trespassing on Massey Energy property or interfering with any of Massey’s operations. U.S. District Judge Irene C. Berger granted Massey subsidiary Marfork Coal Co.’s request for a temporary restraining order against non-violent civil disobedience […]

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DuPont responds to Little Hocking Water Association suit

MARIETTA — “DuPont attorneys filed 75 defenses last week in response to a federal lawsuit brought by the Little Hocking Water Association over C8 contamination and are asking for the suit to be dismissed… The water association is asking the court to order DuPont to fund a comprehensive cleanup of […]

Nationally-known author Jeff Biggers and award-winning film maker Mari-Lynn Evans visit Greater Cincinnati for weekend of events to stop mountaintop removal coal mining, February 11 & 12
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Nationally-known author Jeff Biggers and award-winning film maker Mari-Lynn Evans visit Greater Cincinnati for weekend of events to stop mountaintop removal coal mining, February 11 & 12

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 21, 2011 Contact: Melissa English, Ohio Citizen Action 513-307-8527 (cell) Mark Utley, Music for the Mountains organizer 513-288-7170 (cell) CINCINNATI — Greater Cincinnati will soon host two highly celebrated artists and outspoken critics of mountaintop removal coal mining during a weekend of educational and entertaining events, […]