Mar 14: Cancer rates high in C8 areas
Year-old study by state released

275 gallon drum of C8 at DuPont's Washington Works. (Mike Munden/ Columbus Dispatch)
CHARLESTON, WV -- "Residents in the communities where water is polluted with the toxic chemical C8 have elevated levels of several cancers, according to a previously confidential state government analysis... 'I don’t know that there was ever a conscious decision not to inform the public,' said Chris Curtis, acting commissioner of DHHR’s Bureau for Public Health. 'It was one of those things that was simply put aside and never finished,'" Ken Ward Jr., The Charleston Gazette.

Mar 14: Ohio EPA, county reach agreement with Lanxess

CINCINNATI -- "Lanxess Corp. will conduct studies this month to determine what is causing air violations at its Addyston plant, the result of an agreement with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and Hamilton County Department of Environmental Services, the Ohio EPA said Tuesday. Under the agreement, Lanxess will submit evaluations and control measures for lowering its emissions of 1,3 butadiene and acrylonitrile by March 31," Cincinnati Business Courier.

Mar 13: ATSDR extends investigation of air emissions

Marietta mapATLANTA -- "As part of the air quality investigation of the Marietta Air Emissions Site in Ohio, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry has added additional air monitoring stations. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will operate the air monitors and perform the laboratory analyses in the year-long data collection designed to show whether chemical emissions from five facilities in the former Union Carbide industrial complex may affect human health," The Student Operated Press.

Mar 13: Besse among plants obliged to fix welds
Federal regulator names 40 facilities

TOLEDO -- "Forty of America's 103 nuclear plants, including FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse station in Ottawa County, will be required by the end of 2007 to fix welds in their reactor coolant systems that are prone to leaking, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said yesterday. Welds in those reactors have certain metal alloy materials, known as Alloy 82 and Alloy 182, that have been susceptible to stress fractures," Toledo Blade.

Mar 12: America’s “First Lady of Environmental Justice” to visit Cleveland on Tuesday

Lois Gibbs CLEVELAND -- "Lois Gibbs – the housewife hero who exposed the notorious Love Canal toxic waste site and championed America’s Superfund Law – will be coming to Cleveland on March 13 and will meet neighbors who are living a toxic nightmare next to Cleveland’s biggest polluter, the Mittal Steel mill. Gibbs says, 'Cleveland is the poorest city in the country, and Mittal Steel has more neighbors than any steel mill in the country.  Of these residents, 59% are minority, and 26.9% are below the poverty level.  This makes for a terrible situation of environmental injustice,'" press release, Ohioans for Health, Environment and Justice.

Mar 12: Neighbors protest Mittal pollution

Bottom: Heather Spencer, Sara Woodson, Brandon Milne, Jessica Metcalf
Top: Jared Bogdan, Ina Roth, Kellie Hughes, Becca Cofey, Forrest Kilb, Jessi Iagulli
Not Pictured: Christa Ebert, Angela Ilg, Elizabeth Ilg, Ryan Halterman

CLEVELAND -- Neighbors of Mittal Steel have put up 250 yard signs to protest the pollution from the steel mill and increase citizen pressure to get them to clean up. The newly-formed network of neighbors from Slavic Village, Tremont, Old Brooklyn, Ohio City, and Central have raised money for the yard signs and started putting them up at homes around the mill this week, Liz Ilg, Ohio Citizen Action.

Mar 12: Profiling an Ohio Army National Guard Citizen- Soldier

COLUMBUS -- "It seems that David Mason, Jr. has trained most of his life to lead Georgia-Pacific's Columbus, OH, chemical plant. With a degree in chemistry and 21 years experience with the Army National Guard, environments that require attention to detail with a focus on safety are familiar territory for Mason... 'We've made a lot of changes at our plant,' said Mason, explaining that the plant focused on the areas of efficiency and environmental compliance as part of its reconstruction following a 1997 explosion. 'We had to win back community trust by demonstrating that we were willing to be environmental stewards,'" The Guard Experience.

Mar 12: The dark side of Texas: Pete Maiden reports on Corpus Christi's Koch Industries

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX -- "Bobi Miller needs only to open the door of her home in Corpus Christi, Texas, to see toxic waste from the Koch West oil refinery. Miller's back yard is covered in a thick black sludge, and across the street is the school where she used to teach before a lawsuit revealed that the Koch refinery had released ninety tons of benzene, a highly toxic chemical. Miller and other teachers were often forced to implement a safety procedure called "shelter in place," keeping students inside with the air conditioner off on days when Koch was pumping waste into the air," Pete Maiden, Rolling Stone.

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