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EPA renews permit for Bay Shore power plant
Written by Kelly Kaczala   
Wednesday, 24 November 2010 16:32

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) last week renewed a wastewater discharge permit for FirstEnergy’s Bay Shore power plant in Oregon. The agency also granted the power plant a variance to water quality standards for mercury. The permit and variance are for a period of 4 ½ years.

The permit includes modifications requiring the company to reduce fish mortality due to the operation of the plant’s cooling water system, according to Dina Pierce, northwest district media coordinator for the Ohio EPA.

Millions of fish, their eggs and larvae each year are caught and killed by the plant’s cooling water screens.

As a result, the permit requires FirstEnergy to reduce fish impingement by 80 percent and entrainment by 60 percent by April 1, 2013, through technology improvements at the facility and/or operational changes, according to Pierce. Impingement occurs when fish and shellfish are trapped against the plant’s cooling water intake screens. Entrainment occurs when fish eggs and larvae are drawn into the cooling water system.

 
Sheriff’s dept. seeks assault suspect
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 24 November 2010 16:28

The Wood County Sheriff’s Department is searching for a man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman Nov. 19 along a rural road south of the Village of Pemberville.

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The victim told investigators she was assaulted after stopping to help the suspect who appeared to have pulled over to the side of the road because of mechanical problems.

She said the suspect’s vehicle, a black Chevy or GMC extended 4 by 4 pickup truck with a silver-colored tool box in the bed, was stopped with its hazard lights flashing. The man pushed her into the truck and assaulted her, the woman told police.

The suspect is described as being in his late 20s or early 30s, 6-2 to 6-3, and 230 to 250 pounds, with brown hair and eyes. He has pock marks on his right cheek.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact Det. Sgt. Terry James at (419) 373-6529.

 
Conservancy passes 9,000-acre milestone
Written by Larry Limpf   
Wednesday, 24 November 2010 15:16

An agreement with the owners of a farm near Fremont has enabled the Black Swamp Conservancy to pass the 9,000-acre milestone in conserved land and the recent addition of 18 acres of wetlands in Oregon and other parcels have left the conservancy with approximately 9,300 acres under its stewardship.

“There are lots of benefits from land conservation, so this is an important milestone for all the citizens of Northwest Ohio,” said Kevin Joyce, executive director of the conservancy. “Parks and nature preserves provide space for healthy outdoor activities. Farmland preservation ensures the future of agriculture, Ohio’s number one industry. Woods and wetlands help keep out water and air clean.”

The conservancy, based in Perrysburg, passed the 9,000-acre mark when it completed a land conservation agreement with the owners of a 235-acre family farm west of Fremont, he said.

Since then, it has added an 18-acre wetland and waterway in Oregon near South Shore Park.

 
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