June 18, 2007

Ohio General Assembly
State House
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Dear Members of the Ohio General Assembly:

I am writing on behalf of 80,000 members of Ohio Citizen Action, the state’s largest environmental organization.

We urge you to remove the language recently slipped into the budget bill which would grease the skids for the proposed U.S. Coking Group/FDS Coke plant in Toledo by rendering powerless the Ohio Environmental Review Appeals Commission.

I emphasize that we strongly oppose the suggestion that you simply restrict the application of the amendment to the FDS Coke Plant. That proposal must face accountability by the Commission. The proposed amendment must be tossed out entirely.

We also urge you to reveal the identity of the owners of and investors in the FDS Coke Plant. Never in Ohio history has the government at all levels gone to such extremes to run interference for a project whose backers' identity remains concealed from the public.

Sincerely,



Sandy Buchanan
Executive Director