May 6, 2004

Mr. Christopher Jones, Director
Ohio EPA
122 S. Front St.
Columbus, OH 43215

Dear Director Jones,

As you know, there is a great deal of public interest in the proposed U.S. Coking plant in Toledo. We are aware that the Labyrinth Management Group, on behalf of U.S. Coking Group, LLC is requesting changes in the permit terms. They have requested that the information to support the requested changes containing emissions information be handled as "confidential business information." The proposed facility is very complex, and ongoing revisions are being made to the draft permit.

Under Ohio EPA's current schedule for this permit, both the public hearing and public comment period would be over before Ohio EPA has even made a final decision on the confidential business information claim.

Therefore, we believe that it is Ohio EPA's duty to stop the current permit process for the U.S. Coking plant and restart it whenever the permit is complete and ready for public inspection.

Although Ohio EPA's rush to grant this permit has been well-documented in the media, we are sure that the agency will want to grant sufficient public opportunities to comment on the potential addition of a major new source of toxic air pollution in the Toledo/Oregon area.

Please let us know your decision.


Sandy Bihn
Maumee Bay Association
6565 Bayshore Road
Oregon, Ohio 43618

Teresa Mills
Buckeye Environmental Network
2319 Park Ridge Court
Grove City, Ohio 43123

Sandy Buchanan
Ohio Citizen Action
614 West Superior Avenue, Suite 1200
Cleveland, Ohio 44113

Anthony Szilagye
Northwest Ohio Sierra Club
155 Maple Street
Walbridge, Ohio 43465

Vicki Deisner
Ohio Environmental Council
1207 Grandview Avenue, Suite 201
Columbus, Ohio 43212

Zoe Lipman
National Wildlife Federation
Great Lakes Natural Resource Center
213 West Liberty Street, Suite 200
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104