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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.”



Middletown - #18 Worst City for Ozone Pollution in the U.S. - This is before the addition of a SunCoke facility!

List: Worst Cities For Ozone Pollution

18. Cincinnati-Middletown-Wilmington, OH-KY-IN

Total Population: 2,198,337

Pediatric Asthma: 51,712

Adult Asthma: 157,199

Chronic Bronchitis: 72,080

Emphysema: 27,598

Kelly Graff files lawsuit against Haverhill North Coke Company/SunCoke Energy

Kelly Graff is one of the women who came to the Middletown City Council meetings and spoke regarding the issues in Haverhill which, as we all know, were subsequently ignored by those Council members.

She, along with some other family members, have now filed a lawsuit against SunCoke. She lives across a divided highway from the Haverhill coking facility. She actually lives farther than some supporters in our SunCoke Watch Inc. group would live from the Middletown Coke Company proposed site.

This lawsuit addresses many issues including the Violations and the health effects from the pollutants from this SunCoke facility - the model for the Middletown Coke Company facility.


The City of Monroe has released a statement regarding their ongoing legal involvement with the proposed Middletown Coke Company facility on the border of Monroe and Middletown, Ohio. Click on the link below to read the statement located on the City of Monroe's website:

First Notice of Violation by USEPA to SunCoke Haverhill: Coke plant foes cite Haverhill emissions

Oxford Press, Sunday, March 15, 2009

Alleged emissions violations at SunCoke Energy's Haverhill, Ohio, facility have cast a shadow of doubt for some over the company's capability to operate responsibly at their new Middletown plant currently under construction.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sent a notice of violation to SunCoke for allegedly emitting excess sulfur dioxide from its P901 Haverhill plant. The facility is similar to the one to open in Butler County.

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USA Today Smokestack Effect story on Middletown

USA Today has an ongoing investigative story entitled The Smokestack Effect. On December 30, 2008, SunCoke Watch was on the front page of the issue with a story on Amanda Elementary and the concerns of locating the proposed SunCoke coke plant, which would emit approximately 2,700 tons of pollution in the air adjacent to the school.

Sierra Club Questions Validity of Permit's Netting Timeframe

Alexander J. Sagady & Associates
657 Spartan Avenue, East Lansing, MI 48823-3624
(517) 332-6971

August 19, 2008
Ms. Cheryl Newton, Director -Acting
Air and Radiation Division
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region V
Chicago, IL

RE: Middletown [OH] Coke Company & Ohio EPA Division of Air Pollution Control -
Violation of Netting Requirements for a Draft Air Permit and Impermissible Minor
Source Permitting of a Major Stationary Source

Dear Ms. Newton:

We are writing on behalf of the Sierra Club of Ohio concerning the proposed Middletown Coke
Company Draft Air Permit to Install that has been published by the Ohio EPA. The public
comment period on the application and draft permit are presently running.

This communication is intended as an air pollution complaint against Middletown Coke Company
and the State of Ohio. The complaint is that those respondents have either applied for or plan to
approve a plainly impermissible and unlawful minor modification air permit to install for

Middletown Coke Company. In reality, what is planned here is the impermissible construction of a
major stationary source of emissions without the required major modification/source permit
covering both prevention of significant deterioration and nonattainment NSR program requirements.
Middletown Coke Company proposes 100 heat recovery coke ovens arranged in 3 batteries, along
with quenching, materials handling and other related operations at a site in Middletown, OH near
AK Steel. The Applicant is seeking a permit to install on the basis of the Applicant’s claim that the
proposed coke oven batteries would be a minor modification, net-out source.

Ohio EPA News Release, Aug. 14, 2008

FOR RELEASE: August 14, 2008
CONTACT: Heather Lauer, (614) 644-2160

Ohio EPA Offers Guidelines for Testifying at the Middletown Coke Hearing

Opponents work with Sierra Club to oppose coke plant

By Ed Richter Middletown Journal - Staff Writer Saturday, August 09, 2008 MIDDLETOWN — Although the "Stay Inside the Fence" committee is being disbanded now that Garden Manor Extended Care Center has dropped its support and lawsuit against the city of Middletown and SunCoke Energy Inc., a group of Monroe residents who live adjacent to the proposed $340 million cokemaking and electric generation plant continue to oppose the project. Nearly 40 residents attended a meeting at the Monroe Firehouse on Ohio 4 on Thursday, Aug. 7, to meet with Sierra Club representatives to discuss their options during the permit process with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. The Ohio EPA will hold a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at Miami University Middletown. READ MORE

Coke plant opponents seek charter change

By Ed Richter Middletown Journal Staff Writer Wednesday, July 09, 2008 MIDDLETOWN — Notice was given late Tuesday afternoon to the city of Middletown that an initiative petition will be filed to amend the city charter to require a 2,000-foot setback between any coke-rendering related facility and any existing homes, schools, churches, nursing homes and health-care facilities.

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