Feb 5: Kids' drawings for Eramet Marietta


Feb 5: U.S. manufacturers significantly reduce PFOA emissions 

WARRIEWOOD, AUSTRALIA -- "Eight major companies have reported significant drops in the release of PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) and related chemicals, putting industry on target to meet a 95 percent reduction goal in PFOA emissions and product content by 2010. Further reductions are anticipated by 2015. PFOA, also known as C8, is a processing aid in the manufacture of fluoropolymers, which are used to provide non-stick surfaces on cookware and waterproof, breathable clothing," Azom.

Feb 4: Oberlin Council to discuss AMP coal plant tonight

OBERLIN -- "Oberlin City Council will discuss AMP-Ohio's proposed coal plant at its meeting tonight. The council is considering two ordinances: one to withdraw from participation in the plant and one to participate at a level of 10 megawatts. Nathan Engstrom, Coordinator of the Office of Environmental Sustainability at Oberlin College, has provided the Council members with this fact sheet which he prepared along with community members and college students. The meeting will take place at Oberlin City Hall at 7:30 p.m.," Cindy Leise, Chronicle-Telegram.

OBERLIN -- Oberlin’s power struggle may stunt expansion, "company that supplies equipment to greenhouses all over the world wants to expand its plant in Oberlin’s Industrial Park, but is hesitating because of concerns about whether the city will be able to provide dependable power at an affordable price," Cindy Leise, Chronicle-Telegram.

Feb 4: Wall Street shows skepticism over coal
Banks push utilities to plan for impact of emissions caps

NEW YORK, NY -- "Three of Wall Street's biggest investment banks are set to announce today that they are imposing new environmental standards that will make it harder for companies to get financing to build coal-fired power plants in the U.S. Citigroup Inc., J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and Morgan Stanley say they have concluded that the U.S. government will cap greenhouse-gas emissions from power plants sometime in the next few years. The banks will require utilities seeking financing for plants before then to prove the plants will be economically viable even under potentially stringent federal caps on carbon dioxide, the main man-made greenhouse gas," Jeffrey Ball, Wall Street Journal.

Feb 4: U.S. EPA urges fast action by Stark landfill
Letter suggests possible remedies for odor, fire problems; Countywide manager says it plans to cooperate

AKRON -- "The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is getting more involved in the problems at a Stark County landfill. The agency, in a Jan. 22 letter, encouraged Countywide Recycling & Disposal Facility in Pike Township to cooperate with a new federal investigation under Superfund laws, to agree to pay federal costs and to take unspecified corrective actions that the agency may order. The federal EPA said it feels strongly that 'response activities at the site must be initiated as quickly as possible,' said the letter from Jason El-Zein, acting chief of the emergency response branch in Chicago," Bob Downing, Akron Beacon Journal. Published February 2.

BOLIVAR -- Landfill odor complaints on the rise, "Complaints about foul odors in the area around Countywide Recycling and Disposal Facility are on the rise again," Barb Limbacher, Dover-New Philadelphia Times-Reporter. Published February 3.

CANTON -- U.S. EPA to become involved in controlling Countrywide fire, Robert Wang, Canton Repository. Published February 3.


Feb 1: Mittal Steel: "I heard five booms Wednesday night starting at 9:23 pm, 10:07 pm, 10:17 pm, 10:23 pm, and then 10:34 pm." 

CLEVELAND -- "I had a bad migraine Wednesday night [January 30] and my daughter came into my room when she started hearing the booms.  I heard five booms starting at 9:23 pm, 10:07 pm, 10:17 pm, 10:23 pm, and then 10:34 pm.  I called the security guard at Mittal and they said they were done with the explosions last week.  He said, as always, that they would look into it.  I told the security guard that my head was pounding and that I was hoping it wouldn't be another night of noise.  I took my migraine medicine and fell asleep around 11:30 pm," Donna Levandowski, neighbor on Independence Road, leader in the Neighbors of Mittal Steel group.

Feb 1: We're still in, this time for 10MW
Council debates city's role in new power plant, increases usage

OBERLIN -- "City Council took the first steps last week toward rescinding or reducing -- but actually increasing -- the city's participation in a 'clean' coal-fired electric plant planned by AMP-Ohio. At their Jan. 22 meeting, a divided council heard first readings of two ordinances with contradictory purposes. The first ordinance would withdraw the city from participating in the proposed 1,000-megawatt American Municipal Power Generating Station, while the second ordinance originally would have reduced the city's participation from 9 megawatts to some other amount," Paul Morton, Oberlin News-Tribune. 214 kb pdf. Originally published January 29.

RICHLANDS, VA -- Richlands seeking new 50-year contract for electricity, Charles Owens, Bluefield Daily Telegraph.

BERLIN, PA -- Berlin examines electricity options, Rick Kazmer, Somerset Daily American.


Feb 1: East side coke plant gets latest green light
$800M project aims for March start date

FDS Coke Plant OREGON -- "FDS Coke Plant LLC got the green light yesterday - again - to build its proposed $800 million coking facility and co-generation power plant along western Lake Erie's Maumee Bay. Groundbreaking is targeted for late March, said Lance Traves, the project's manager and environmental consultant. The site, on 51 acres owned by the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, falls within Oregon and East Toledo. Oregon Mayor Marge Brown, who has supported the project since its inception, said she was pleased the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency yesterday reissued its 2005 permit modification," Tom Henry, Toledo Blade.

Feb 1: Odors may increase during upcoming work at Countywide

Nasal Ranger
Josh McDonald uses a Nasal Ranger to monitor odor coming from Countywide Recycling and Disposal Facility.
EAST SPARTA -- "Countywide Recycling and Disposal Facility’s installation of two large landfill dewatering wells this month has the potential to cause an increase in odors during that time but is designed overall to reduce the long-complained-about smell coming from the landfill. Specifically, the first well is to be installed the week of Feb. 11, and the second is to be completed before Feb. 29. Installation requires drilling large holes into old waste disposal areas, according to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency," New Philadelphia Times-Reporter.

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