Cincinnati Among Top Polluted Cities in Nation

Cincinnati made rank in a listing of the Top 10 most polluted cities in America by the American Lung Association.

The 2013 State of the Air report lists three Midwestern cities as tied for the 10th spot: Cincinnati, Middletown, Ky. and Wilmington, Ind.



Cancer Rates Climbing in Butler County

“Despite millions of dollars tied to cancer research in Southwest Ohio, more cases of invasive cancer are cropping up each year in Butler County. New four-year data from the Ohio Department of Health outlines a 14 percent increase in invasive cancer cases in Butler County each year from 2006 to 2010, as compared to years 2001 to 2005. The most common occurrences continue to be lung, breast, prostate and colon cancers...research over time has determined the two most common risk factors for developing cancer are smoking and pollution.”



Air Quaility Mapping for Middletown Coke


Following is a link to the Southwest Ohio Air Agency website:

The PM2.5 and SO2 data for the Amanda, Yankee and new Made monitors can be obtained by selecting on the “Concentration Chart” and selecting PM2.5 or SO2. Made is only an SO2 monitor. For those of you interested in knowing our air quality in real time, you can check it on this site.

USEPA Settlement Agreement with SunCoke due to Violations

The USEPA and SunCoke have arrived at a settlement agreement due to the multiple violations that occurred at their Haverhill facility.

Here is the link to the press release from USEPA, which explains that the Middletown facility will be required to install a backup HRSG if certain emissions limits are not met:


One of the claims that the NRDC raised with the Middletown Coke permit in our ERAC appeal is that Ohio EPA should have required SunCoke to install a backup HRSG in its initial permit to install (in order to prevent the kind of pollution that US EPA is concerned about here).

SunCoke Settlement

SunCoke Settlement Proposed: Residents Near Controversial New Ohio Plant Win Big Health and Safety Concessions


MIDDLETOWN, OH (May 8, 2012) – Residents in Middletown and Monroe, Ohio who have been fighting a new coke plant illegally sited near their neighborhoods, an elementary school and a nursing home are on the verge of winning major concessions from backers of the project. SunCoke Energy, AK Steel, the Ohio EPA, and other parties to the case have agreed to an array of environmental and safety alterations to the Middletown facility in a proposed settlement to a suit brought by SunCoke Watch, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the neighboring City of Monroe.


“We are far from thrilled with our new neighbors,” said Lisa Frye, President of SunCoke Watch, whose property is adjacent to the new plant. “And we are not exactly happy about this settlement, because this massive, polluting plant never should have been allowed to open so close to Amanda Elementary School and Garden Manor Nursing Home – not to mention our neighborhoods and families. But now that the coke plant has been built, this settlement agreement would start to address many of the burdens that we live with day in and day out.”


SunCoke Energy Middletown Operations Issued Another Notice of Violation on February 29, 2012

Attached is another Notice of Violation issued on February 29, 2012.  This the fourth malfunction or NOV that has occurred since SunCoke began operation on October 30, 2011 - Five in four months!

SunCoke Energy Middletown Operations Exceeds S02 Limits on March 2-3, 2012

The National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Sulfur Dioxide is 75 parts per billion averaged hourly. The concentrations documented on the EPA website are high one hour averages. Units are parts per billion.  SunCoke Exceeded the limits on March 2nd and 3rd - limits were 156 and 133 for those days.

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