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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is extending the public comment period by 30 days on the draft wastewater discharge (NPDES) permit for FirstEnergy’s Bay Shore power plant.

The comment period deadline is now May 29 instead of April 29.

Dina Pierce, northwest district media coordinator for the Ohio EPA, said the extension was made at the request of Oregon City Council, as well as from some members of the public.

Oregon Council passed a resolution introduced by Council member Sandy Bihn requesting the extension last month.

The draft wastewater discharge permit consists primarily of the plant’s non-contact cooling water. The permit sets limits on contaminants in the plant’s discharge to Lake Erie’s Maumee Bay. The draft permit action is a proposed renewal of the plant’s existing wastewater discharge permit, which is valid for five years and must be renewed to remain valid.

The draft permit also imposes requirements on the plant’s cooling water intake system that are expected to reduce fish mortality that results from the impingement and entrainment (I&E) of fish in the intake structure.

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Roads, rail crossings closing for repairs
The Ottawa County engineer’s office has announced the closure of roads and rail crossings for repairs.

Salem-Carroll Road, between Benton-Carroll Road and State Route 19, will be closed to through traffic starting April 26 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. until May 27.

The road will be open only to emergency traffic and buses.

Norfolk and Southern Railroad plans to close Toussaint-Portage Road, from Christiansen Road to Salem-Carroll Road and Cullman Road, from Portage South Road to State Route 19, for crossing repairs.

The closures are expected to be in effect April 26 to April 30.

The roads won’t be open to any traffic, including emergency and bus traffic.

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Officials from Wood and Ottawa counties were presented alternative proposals Monday for linking their respective water distribution systems with an estimated starting price tag of $4.5 million.

A study by Poggemeyer Design Group discussed during last week’s meeting of the Northwestern Water and Sewer District includes two primary alternatives for extending waterlines from Ottawa County to Wood County.

The study estimates construction costs would be about $4.5 million to extend a 12-inch water main in Ottawa County that serves the Brush Wellman plant near the intersection of state routes 105 and 590 to an industrial site in Troy Township in Wood County – a distance of about 15 miles.

That scenario, according to the study, would be sufficient for supplying 500,000 gallons a day to users in Wood County.

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The Lake Township trustees have agreed to continue financial support for the Community Care-A-Van service, which provides round-trip transportation for residents to medical and related appointments.

The trustees Tuesday approved a resolution to contribute $2,000 to the program that services residents in area communities who lack transportation.

The van service area includes East Toledo, Oregon, Walbridge, Northwood, Lake Township, Millbury, and Jerusalem Township.

The program is in its seventh year.

From July, 2009 to March, 2010, the service made 1,624 trips. Almost half of those were for residents between 65 and 74 years old. In that time, almost 60 percent of users were residents of the 43605 ZIP code and 28 percent were from the 43616 ZIP code.

Women were transported on 1,064 trips and men were transported on 560 trips.

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Police in Lake Township and City of Perrysburg are asking the public for help in identifying two males believed to be involved in thefts and related criminal activity in the north end of Wood County.

Police said the men may be responsible for stealing coins from a car wash on Woodville Road in the township and another in Perrysburg.

About $400 was reported stolen from the Woodville Road car wash, according to Detective Mick Lento, of the Lake Township Police Department.

Security cameras viewed the suspects at a Wal-Mart Store in Perrysburg Township where they were using a Coinstar machine to convert the coins into paper currency.

Persons with information about the case should contact Detective Lento, (419) 838-6651 or the Wood County Crime Stoppers Program (419) 352-0077.

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