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Mom becomes activist against a coke facility

As a mother and homeowner, Lisa Frye has done her best to protect her family - even if that means taking on a multibillion dollar company and the plant it wants to build right next door. READ MORE http://www.middletownjournal.com/news/middletown-news/mom-becomes-activi...

EPA Public Hearing on TV Middletown beginning on September 13th at 3:00 p.m.

TV Middletown will be airing the EPA hearing from September 2nd on the following dates at www.tvmiddletown.org:

Sunday, September 13th at 3:00 p.m. and late that evening at 1:30 a.m.

Tuesday, September 15th @ 9:00 p.m. and late that evening at 1:30 a.m.

Wednesday, September 16th at 5:00 p.m.

Once the first one is aired on September 13th, it will automatically load on the website so it can be seen over the web at http://tvmiddletown.blip.tv/.

It will be listed as the OEPA public hearing from September 2nd. This is only the “public hearing” portion of that meeting, as the question and answer time, which was quite lengthy, was not recorded.

Officials say SunCoke certification in doubt

State officials said they are unsure whether a certification submitted by SunCoke Energy that its Ohio facilities are in environmental compliance will meet requirements for a new permit it is seeking for a Middletown plant.

Read More http://www.middletownjournal.com/news/middletown-news/suncoke-certificat...

AK signs coke deal with Haverhill North

AK Steel Corp. has agreed to purchase metallurgical coke from SunCoke Energy's Haverhill facility for at least 12 years. Under the agreement, SunCoke's Haverhill North Coke Company plant in Franklin Furnace, Ohio, will provide AK Steel with up to 550,000 tons of coke annually - a key steelmaking raw material.

Read More http://www.middletownjournal.com/news/middletown-news/ak-signs-coke-deal...


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:


Environmental Review Appeals Commission (ERAC) issues Notice and Cancellation of Hearing; Federal Lawsuit filed by the City of Monroe is dismissed on policy grounds, not due to the merits of the case

On August 19, 2009, the Environmental Review Appeals Commission (ERAC) issued a Notice and Cancellation of Hearing on the appeals filed on the Middletown Coke Company netting permit-to-install.  The Notice states "To comply with amendments to Ohio Revised Code ("R.C.") 3745.05(F) adopted in the biennial budget bill, please be advised that the de novo hearing scheduled in the above-captioned matter is hereby cancelled.  Further, any existing deadlines and proceedings currently scheduled in this action are suspended.  To conform to the mandate..., this matter will be scheduled for a one hour de novo hearing, to be held after January 1, 2010...A written order affirming, vacating, or modifying the action appealed from will be issued by the Commission no later than July 15, 2010."

Layman translation:  This hearing was scheduled in February 2010 for one full week of testimony for the appeals filed.  It is impossible for the citizens who oppose permits issued by the Ohio EPA to have due process with only one hour allotted for such a hearing.  Numerous other ERAC appeals pending in the state of Ohio are also effected by this bill, not just those appeals involving the Middletown Coke permit.

On August 20, 2009, Judge Dlott dismissed the federal lawsuit filed by the City of Monroe against Middletown Coke Company. 

The Order states:

What a Coke Plant Next Door Really Means to You

Separating Spin from Reality

SunCoke, a subsidiary of Sunoco, and AK Steel propose to build a 100 oven coke making plant on the border of Monroe would have you believe that there will be no harmful effect to our community. The well-funded supporters of the project ask you to focus on the jobs they claim will result and they throw around terms like “green” and “environmentally friendly.”

Breaking News: The Ohio EPA is now attempting to re-write rules that are protective of human health to make it easier for these two Fortune 500 Companies to make the air in Butler County more hazardous.

Here are some of the most common arguments supporters make and the REALITY:

Supporters say the project has been approved by the EPA – It is true the EPA has issued a permit, which we believe is flawed. More importantly, the supporters want you to assume the EPA considers all aspects of a proposed project including its location. The Truth Is – The Law Prevents the EPA from Considering the Location of the Plant – The EPA is not allowed to weigh the impact this plant would have on the children attending Amanda Elementary School, the frail residents of Garden Manor Retirement Village or the families residing in surrounding neighborhoods.


USA Today US Map of Cancer Risk

Butler County is rated as one of the highest cancer risk areas in the nation and is coded in BLACK on the map.


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 http://www.middletownjournal.com/news/middletown-news/suncoke-air-monito....

SunCoke Watch Inc was in attendance at AK Steel Shareholder Meeting on Thursday, May 28th in Chicago

The AK Steel Stockholder meeting was held on Thursday, May 28th in Chicago at the Ritz-Carlton and SunCoke Watch Inc was in attendance.


You can listen to the meeting, which was about ½ hour long at www.aksteel.com.  On the Home Page, is a tab to click on for the meeting.  At the end of the meeting, was a question and answer session in which an opportunity was given to ask questions.  Please take a few minutes of your time and listen to the dialogue for informational purposes. 

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