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The company planning to construct a 22-mile natural gas pipeline between the cities of Maumee and Oregon has filed its opposition with the Ohio Power Siting Board to a request by a coalition of about 20 residents for another hearing on the project.

The residents, calling themselves the Oregon Lateral Citizens Coalition, filed their request with the siting board last month to push for an alternate route for the 24-inch-diameter pipeline that will supply natural gas for an $800 million electric generation plant along Lallendorf Road in Oregon.

While not opposing the generation plant, the residents want the siting board to hold a full hearing on the pipeline project as proposed by North Coast Gas Transmission, a Columbus- based company.

From Maumee, the pipeline would run under the Maumee River and through the City of Perrysburg and Perrysburg Township. From there, it would proceed northeast through Lake Township, the Village of Walbridge and City of Northwood, ending in Oregon.

The Drinking Water Protection Act, which would protect drinking water from harmful cyanotoxins passed in the House of Representatives by a vote of 375-37 on Tuesday.

Toledo last August issued a three-day tap water ban after microcystin, a cyanotoxin, was found in samples taken from the Collins Water Treatment Plant, which draws water from the western basin of Lake Erie.

The bipartisan legislation, sponsored by Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH), would push federal agencies to provide clear protocols and oversight in the event of a large-scale algal bloom and would require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide a strategic plan to Congress for assessing and managing the risks associated with algal toxins in drinking water provided by public water systems.

During the water crisis, “concerns and questions were, and have since been, raised about health effects data, testing protocols, treatment processes, and appropriate short and long term responses,” Latta said in a speech on the floor of the House Tuesday.

“During hearings before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, witnesses testified on the further complexity of this issue due to the numerous algal toxins…that may have potential negative health effects when present in public drinking water,” he said.

A statewide initiative to encourage the commercial and industrial sectors to provide more data about their recycling efforts is being promoted by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency in a partnership with the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Ohio Council of Retail Merchants and Ohio Manufacturers’ Association.

Dina Pierce, an OEPA spokesperson, said the agency recently established a collaborative website that includes contact information for each solid waste management district in the state and access to a survey the districts conduct annually to determine the amounts and types of materials being recycled by businesses.

That data is reported to the EPA, which crunches the numbers to get a picture of how much material is being diverted from landfills and if the state’s 52 waste management districts are meeting Ohio’s recycling goals.

“The partnership is new,” Pierce said. “We’re working with the chamber and other associations to try to encourage participation in the survey. One thing we’ve identified in recent years is a need for more glass recycling. Our manufacturers in Ohio need the glass. Owens Illinois is one example. They make bottles so they need recycled glass and they’ve been shipping it in from out of state.

Northwood Mayor Mark Stoner said it’s time for the city to update its Comprehensive Plan.

Also referred to as the Master Plan, it was first adopted in June 1992, and updated in 2004, and went into effect in 2005.

“I can’t believe it’s been 10 years already,” said Stoner.

Much has happened since then, he noted, including a severe economic recession and the closing and razing of the Woodville Mall

“We want to look at future land use. The public’s idea changes as to what land they would like to be developed, and where buildings should go and not go,” said Stoner.

The purpose of a Comprehensive Plan is to:
• Identify locations for future growth by type of land use;

• Propose a means to preserve existing positive elements of the community;

• Provide a basis for decisions on utility extensions and expansions;

Mercy and three physician partners last week announced plans to build a new medical center on Navarre Avenue in Oregon.

Dr. Imran Andrabi, MD, chief operating officer and president/chief network integration officer, Mercy, was joined by physicians of the Mercy Oregon Clinic, Toledo Clinic, and Toledo Cardiology Consultants to announce the construction of the Mercy Medical Center last Tuesday.

The $9.7 million project will consolidate, under one roof, services such as imaging, laboratory, rehabilitation services, as well as provide office and clinical space for Mercy, Toledo Clinic and TCC physicians. The building brings to life the vision of enhanced access to quality care offered outside of a hospital setting. It is expected to create at least 20 new clinical and non-clinical jobs.

“Mercy started working with the Oregon Clinic in 2010 to discuss how we can integrate,” Kewal Mahajan, MD, Mercy Oregon Clinic, said in a prepared statement. “The outcome is this project, an outpatient, comprehensive care center with high-quality access to primary and specialty care, state-of-the-art diagnostic facilities, and tender-loving rehabilitative services at one site. Both organizations are indebted to the community and wanted to give something back that we can be proud of. As a result, the vision was finalized.”

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