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EPA fines Sunoco $32,250 for deficiencies
Written by Kelly Kaczala   
Friday, 04 December 2009 11:20

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has fined Sunoco $32,250 for deficiencies in its equipment and its risk management plan at the Toledo Refinery as part of a settlement agreement.
 
In April, 2008, the Ohio EPA inspected the plant and found four violations, including one that had been ongoing since a 2002 inspection, according to Dina Pierce, the Ohio EPA’s northwest district media coordinator.
 
Those violations include:

 
Police district study panel receives report
Written by Larry Limpf   
Wednesday, 25 November 2009 15:51

The villages of Genoa and Clay Center and Allen and Clay townships budgeted a combined total of slightly more than $1 million for police service in 2008 – about $219,361 more than they actually spent, according to a report commissioned by the four communities, which are studying the feasibility of forming a joint police district.

The report, compiled by Circuit Rider Management Group, Granville, O., was presented last week to members of the Joint Law Enforcement Commission (JLEC), a group of elected officials from the four jurisdictions.

A 5-mill property levy in the villages and townships would generate about $817,573 a year – about $19,000 more than they actually spent in 2008 for police protection, the report says. The levy figure is based on the current property valuation in the proposed district, which is about $168.1 million.

 
Protecting our national bird remains no easy task
Written by J. Patrick Eaken   
Wednesday, 25 November 2009 15:04

Castalia-based Back to the Wild animal refuge center founder Mona Rutger says

that years ago man-made toxins became partly responsible for bald eagles finding a spot on the endangered species list, which they are not anymore.

In Lake Erie pesticides from farm runoff was causing a problem.

“It’s probably not from the fish much anymore. They used to be full of DDT, of course, and that’s been banned and they’ve made a tremendous comeback because DDT has been eliminated. But they were getting poisoned right and left,” Mona said.

“It was a pesticide, and they ate so much fish. Its runoff, and when it rained the DDT got into the lakes and rivers and streams and it poisoned the fish and it passed through the food chain to the eagles. Eagles eat a tremendous amount of fish,” she continued.

 
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