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Oregon Councilman Sandy Bihn has asked the city to find out why Envirosafe Services of Ohio, Inc., (ESOI) is seeking a permit modification from the Ohio EPA to dispose of higher levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) at its hazardous waste landfill on Otter Creek Road.
Bihn said at a council meeting last Monday that she received a public notice in the mail from the Ohio EPA that stated Envirosafe, an RCRA (Resource Conservation Recovery Act) landfill, can accept higher levels of PCBs containing waste soils.
The facility, according to Bihn, has been allowed to dispose of waste containing 50 mg/Kg PCBs or less. The notice states Envirosafe may dispose of waste materials containing up to 1,000 mg/Kg PCBs.
“This site is a RCRA hazardous waste site, not a TSCA site,” said Bihn.
Oregon council last month voted unanimously against a zoning change for outdoor auto and auto part sales at 2604 Northvale Drive.
The owner/applicants, Dave and Barbara Bazzy, had requested a zoning change from R-2 Medium Residential to C-2 General Commercial District on property that was formerly the location of Pirolli Pool Supply.
Mayor Mike Seferian said the zoning change request was opposed 2-1 by the Oregon Plan Commission, with Seferian voting in favor of the request.
“I voted in favor…with the hope we could work with some conditions that would be suitable not only for the residential but the commercial area and be suitable to Mr. Bazzy and maybe to council,” said Seferian.
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.
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.
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.
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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