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The Ohio Department of Development will support the Northern Wood County Port Authority’s assessment project with a commitment of Clean Ohio Assistance Funds to clean up industrial property at the former Libbey-Owens-Ford (LOF) site in Northwood.
City Administrator Pat Bacon said $297,968 in brownfield redevelopment funds will be used to finance Phase II of an environmental assessment of the Industrial and Warehouse project on East Broadway.
The assessment will determine the environmental suitability of the property and the possible need for any remediation, said Bacon.
“The soil is contaminated. There’s no doubt about it,” said Bacon. “There used to be a paint shop there. There’s a huge building at the back of the property. It’s an ideal building for someone to relocate. For that to be an industrial park again, it just simply needs to be cleaned up because it’s contaminated. It’s very expensive to do.”
“Right now, no one is going to want to go in there because of the environmental issues,” said Mayor Mark Stoner.
BP-Husky Refining LLC announced a major equipment upgrade at the BP-Husky Toledo Refinery in Oregon, Ohio.
Refinery officials say the project will improve the efficiency and competitiveness of the refinery by reducing energy consumption and lowering operating costs. The estimated $400 million investment will create, on average, an additional 200 temporary construction jobs over the next few years, totaling one million man-hours.
“This project will be the largest investment in the refinery in quite some time,” said Ron Unnerstall, president and refinery manager of BP-Husky Refining LLC. “It will put hundreds of people to work this year, protect existing jobs, enhance energy security for the region and improve the plant’s overall efficiency while also improving competitiveness.
“The investment, which we refer to as our Reformer 3 project, will improve the efficiency and competitiveness of the refinery by reducing energy consumption and lowering operating costs. We will be replacing two existing reformers and one hydrogen plant with one new state-of- the-art reformer,” Unnerstall continued.
Several students who were enrolled in the Oregon Career and Technology Center filed a lawsuit against the Oregon City Schools district for breach of contract, negligence and fraud in the Court of Common Pleas of Lucas County on Dec. 18.
The students, who were taking a Green Energy, Electrical & Environmental Specialist Program at the Center, allege that the program failed to live up to its promise to prepare them to work in the renewable energy industry.
The defendants are identified in the lawsuit as “John Does” who are administrators, employees and/or agents of the Oregon City Schools doing business as the Oregon Career & Technology Center.
The defendants, alleges the lawsuit: promised several hours of instruction in various subjects related to the renewable energy industry; represented in a student handbook “certain mission statements, statements of historical facts, policies, rules, regulations, objectives, accreditations, and accomplishments”; provided students a daily calendar for the program, “setting forth certain class schedule representations”; and made representations to entice students to enroll in the Green Energy, Electrical & Environmental Specialist Program.
The Genoa school board has scheduled a special meeting for Jan. 19 to review contract bids for the construction of a new elementary school building.
The Ohio Environmental Protection will hold a public information session and hearing next Thursday on a proposal by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the annual dredging of the Toledo Harbor federal navigational channel.
The Corps, in Buffalo, N.Y., applied for a water quality certification for the project, which includes the Maumee River and lake approach channel. If approved by the Ohio EPA, the Corps would dredge approximately 2 million cubic yards of sediment annually between 2010-2012. About 1.9 million cubic yards of material would be dumped in the open lake area of Lake Erie, a practice that has long been opposed by the agency, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and local environmental activists. The remaining 100,000 cubic yards would be placed into the confined disposal facility in the lake, according to Dina Pierce, spokesperson for the Ohio EPA.
Last year, the Corps were authorized to dump up to 900,000 cubic yards of sediment in the open lake, said Pierce.
“The request this time is quite a bit larger,” she added.
The Corps must dredge the channel every year to keep Toledo Harbor open to shipping.
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