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Request to halt SunCoke denied

Monroe’s motion also sought ruling on validity of air emissions offset credits obtained by company

MIDDLETOWN — A state environmental board has denied the city of Monroe’s request for a stay to halt construction of the SunCoke Energy plant being built near its border in Middletown. After hearing arguments, the Environmental Review Appeals Commission ruled Nov. 16 to deny Monroe’s request for a stay.

Monroe, along with two other parties, have filed appeals against SunCoke’s New Source Review air permit, issued by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency in February.

The permit was the second the company sought to begin construction on its $360 million plant off Yankee Road in Middletown. Its first air permit was also the subject of several appeals and a lawsuit.”

— Jessica Heffner, Oxford Press

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