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Layer Park reopens in Miami Twp.
Jerry Kenney

On Friday, officials in Miami Township in Montgomery County are expected to celebrate the rededication ceremony of a neighborhood park. The park had been closed because of lead and arsenic contamination found at the site.

Layer Park is on Cordell Dr. in what some call the Huber South section of Miami Township.

The park reopens after a $3 million cleanup that began more than two and a half years ago -- after, officials say, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency first discovered toxins at the park.

Republican Congressman Mike Turner is calling for more study into chemicals found in Dayton’s water supply. They’ve also been found in groundwater near more than 126 United States military installations, including Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

The chemicals are the focus of a newly released government report showing they’re more dangerous than previously thought.

Tap water
Joe Cheng / Flickr Creative Commons

New tests show low levels of a common toxin have leaked into Dayton’s drinking water supply. City officials believe the toxin is coming from Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

Tests done by the city found very low levels of chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances or PFAS in the drinking water supply. The contaminants had previously been found in raw groundwater.

Senior Master Sgt. Benjamin Trevino, Air Force Materiel Command chaplain assistant functional manager, observes a live demonstration hive at the Pollinator Expo held at the Wright Brothers Memorial June 21. Pollinators, also known as bees are vital to the
U.S. Air Force photo/Michelle Gigante

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is holding their second annual Pollinator Expo on June 20, 2018. The event promises more than 30 informational tables from various organizations from across the state that will highlight the work they’re doing to help improve the pollinator population.

Danielle Trevino is an environmental protection specialist with Wright-Patt’s Civil Engineering division. She says the focus of the expo is an important one.

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Republican Gov. John Kasich says preparations by local and state officials ahead of heavy rains and expected flooding helped Ohio "dodge a bullet" with no loss of life reported to this point.

Kasich held a briefing Sunday at the state's emergency operations center.

Federal Regulators Deliver Blow To Utilities Wanting Power Plant Subsidies

Jan 10, 2018
The Enrico Fermi Nuclear Power plant, on Lake Erie.
James Marvin Phelps / Flickr Creative Commons

Ohio utilities are considering their next steps after federal regulators knocked down a measure that would’ve allowed subsidies for struggling power plants. State lawmakers are now exploring their options. 

The proposal would’ve allowed utilities to charge their customers an extra fee to help prop up power plants that struggle to compete in the market. But the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission denied the measure.

A Pennsylvania gas well.  fracking drilling
Gerry Dincher / Flickr/Creative Commons

The Trump administration decided quietly over the holidays to abandon proposed federal regulations governing fracking on public lands. For Ohio environmentalists, the decision is big and bad news. For Ohio’s oil and gas industry, it’s a practical approach to regulation. 

Approximate boundaries of the Behr Dayton Thermal System VOC Plume, North Sanitary (Valleycrest) Landfill and Valley Pike VOCs Superfund sites.
EPA

A coalition of religious groups are joining forces, this weekend, to call attention to proposed cuts to the EPA.  They say the cuts would hamper the cleanup of local lands that have been polluted. 

 

Opponents of the Enon Sand and Gravel mining project say the mine could threaten the drinking-water supply, create noise pollution and hurt the property values of hundreds of nearby homes.
Citizens Against Mining, Mad River Township, Ohio. / WYSO

Some Clark County residents are pushing back against a proposed mining project in Mad River Township.

 

Opposition to the project has been growing louder after company Enon Sand and Gravel announced plans for the quarry project last year.

 

Opponents argue the mine could threaten the water supply, create noise pollution and hurt the property values of more than 200 nearby homes.

 

 

Large Solar Farms Proposed In Three Ohio Counties

Jul 17, 2017
Dan Konik

A couple of large wind farms have cropped up in Ohio over the past couple of years, but the state still hasn’t seen a big development with solar power. That could change very soon with not one but three big solar farms in the works.

The three plans, which have been submitted for approval by state regulators, would generate between 125-150 megawatts each.

To get an idea of just how big this is, the largest solar generator right now is a 20 megawatt facility in Bowling Green.

The three plants would be in Brown, Hardin and Vinton counties.

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