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        Mark Stahl, an Ottawa County commissioner, last week told an Ohio senate committee in written testimony that current utility regulations are pushing the state toward a heavy reliance on a single energy source – natural gas – along with subsidized renewable sources.

        Stahl wrote to the senate’s Public Utilities Committee, which is considering a bill that would allow a utility to recover costs for zero-emissions nuclear credits from its customers.

        The Northwestern Water and Sewer District expects to complete a project this year to replace water service lines containing lead.

        The district board of trustees in December approved a resolution to contract with Speer Brothers, Sandusky, for $883,365 to replace lines in the district’s service area covering the northern part of Wood County.

The Ottawa County Prosecutor, the Ottawa County Coroner and the Port Clinton Police Department have issued an opiate overdose advisory effective immediately. Within the past seven days, there have been five reported opiate overdoses in Ottawa County. Three of the suspected overdoses have resulted in death. Based upon the recent trend, it is suspected that a batch of opiates is circulating within Ottawa County that is much more potent than usual.

The suspected overdoses are currently being investigated through a joint effort of the Ottawa County Drug Task Force, Port Clinton Police Department and the Ottawa County Coroner’s Office.

         Oregon City Council late last year started discussions on passing a property maintenance code. The city administration presented a draft ordinance to council that is currently under review.

         “It’s really up to the council now,” said City Administrator Mike Beazley. “Council asked the administration to prepare draft legislation to move this issue forward, and we did.”

        The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency admitted it was wrong last year to approve a decision by the Ohio EPA to designate only limited shoreline areas of western Lake Erie as “impaired.”

        The Clean Water Act requires Ohio, every two years, to evaluate the water quality of all waters within its jurisdiction and submit a list to U.S. EPA that identifies each body of water that is impaired by pollution. The U.S. EPA then approves the list if it meets specific requirements, including the requirement to assemble and evaluate all existing and readily available water quality related data and information regarding water quality problems within a state’s jurisdiction.

 

 

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