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Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by buckeyegrad, Jun 24, 2004.

  1. buckeyegrad

    buckeyegrad Don't Immanentize the Eschaton Staff Member

    To paraphrase the rich Texan from the Simpsons:

    We got rid of the environment in Ohio years ago, and we've never been better!

    Ohio leads nation in air pollution levels

    The Associated Press
    6/24/2004, 6:56 a.m. ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A government report says Ohio continues to lead the nation in levels of air pollution — and it's getting worse.

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    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reported Wednesday that Ohio businesses released 133.9 million pounds of toxic chemicals into the air in 2002, a 10 percent increase from 2001.

    The EPA's annual Toxic Release Inventory report tallies more than 650 pollutants released into the air, ground and water.

    While air pollution rose, the overall release of 253.9 million pounds of toxins by Ohio's 1,670 reporting businesses in 2002 was a 0.3 percent decrease from 2001.

    Mark Besel, a specialist at the Ohio EPA, said the federal numbers closely matched the state's.

    "Ohio is quite an industrial state," Besel said. "We've been in the top 10 since the list was changed in 1998 to include power-generating facilities."

    Pollution also increased nationwide, the report said. The nation's 24,380 reporting businesses released 4.79 billion pounds of toxins in 2002, up 5 percent from 2001.
  2. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    The EPA has done its best to destroy industry in Ohio...look at the coal mines in the Ohio Valley.
  3. kinch

    kinch Wash me Staff Member

    I forget what happened but I remember other states, in New England and maybe North Carolina or something, suing Ohio for having such poluted release from their power plants compared to cleaner states.
  4. Thump

    Thump Hating the environment since 1994

    What's wrong with pollution? Hey, I've got taste buds on my testicles but other than that I'm A-OK.
  5. NorthShoreBuck

    NorthShoreBuck True Madness Requires Significant Intelligence

    I think the key point was that so much of the pollution is from old, coal burning power plants. It has been awhile but I do not remember working in any power plant in Ohio that burned anything else but coal. Much of the coal was the high sulphur variety that was mined in Ohio and WVA.

    Many other states have newer gas turbines and plants that burn less polluting natural gas and even expensive oil.

    Is anyone ready to say nuclear power?
  6. kinch

    kinch Wash me Staff Member

    Another problem the New England states had was that Ohio purposefully put really really tall smokestacks near their borders - so the polution would stay out of Ohio and settle elsewhere.

  7. buckeyefool

    buckeyefool He's back and better than ever!

    Another problem the New England states had was that Ohio purposefully put really really tall smokestacks near their borders - so the polution would stay out of Ohio and settle elsewhere.

    Well seems to Me this is just good planning on our part. I mean why would We want to go and let the smoke stacks polute our own state?
  8. NorthShoreBuck

    NorthShoreBuck True Madness Requires Significant Intelligence

    Depends on the direction of the wind my friends. :)

    Actually many of the high stacks were necessary to clear hills and mountains around the plant so the stack effect and thermals would disperse the smoke.
  9. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    My Dad worked in one of the Ohio Edison plants along the Ohio River...they had to cut jobs drastically in order to install scrubbers for the pollution content according to the EPA...

    I can't disagree with the concept, but the way it was handled, so abruptly, could have been handled better to ensure these workers' livelihoods
  10. NorthShoreBuck

    NorthShoreBuck True Madness Requires Significant Intelligence


    Stuebenville? Spelling?

    Isn't that the plant they built the scrubbers over the road because they did not have enough room?

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