SunCoke air monitors first required by permit, officials say

A meeting with HCDES and the OEPA regarding proposed locations of air monitors for the Middletown Coke Company project occurred on June 25th. Although Middletown Coke is currently not constructing and is pursuing a new permit, the EPA has to proceed with the locations of the monitors since they have a permit-to-install. The EPA states this is the first time they've required ambient air monitors in a permit, which further confirms that a coke plant proposed in the middle of an elementary school, nursing home and residential area is by no means a typical scenario. Further, Middletown Coke will know the schedule of the monitoring samples since they are every 3rd, 6th and 12th day, which the EPA confirmed could allow the facility to alter operations to lower monitored emissions. For more information, go to