Several Appeals Pending for SunCoke's New Permit

On February 23 2010 Monroe City Council voted 6-1 to appeal SunCoke’s New Source Review permit. The meeting was attended by a group of SunCoke opponents. Several Monroe citizens spoke in support of the City’s actions against the proposed SunCoke plant. The plant is to be built on the Martin/Bake farms near the City of Monroe’s border. Read more »

Status of Coke Plant Lawsuits and New Permit Public Hearing

During September there have been several new developments related to the proposed SunCoke facility in Middletown, Ohio. Several groups have invested a great amount of time and money opposing the proposed SunCoke facility. These groups are: the City of Monroe, the Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and SunCoke Watch.

A few weeks after Monroe filed a federal lawsuit under the Clean Air Act, SunCoke filed an application with the EPA for a more stringent New Source Review (NSR) permit to replace the minor source permit that was in dispute. On September 2nd, the Ohio EPA held a public hearing at Miami University-Middletown. Many area residents were in attendance asking serious questions about theNSR Permit. Read more »

SunCoke’s New Source Review EPA Public Hearing September 2nd

The Ohio EPA will hold a public hearing at Miami University in Middletown on the New Source Review (NSR) Draft Permit recently issued by the EPA. The meeting will be held in Johnston Hall RM 142 on September 2nd at 6:30 p.m. The Ohio EPA will take questions and hear public testimony in regards the proposed SunCoke facility to be constructed on Yankee Road in Middletown, Ohio. Representatives from the City of Monroe and SunCoke will be attending the meeting to ask questions and submit comments in regards to the NSR draft permit. 

Recently, the Clean Air Act lawsuit filed by the City of Monroe was dismissed by the federal district court. The court did not rule on the merits of the case, but held that the ERAC appeal must go forward first. On the same day, the ERAC hearing scheduled for February was canceled because of changes to the law in regards to a new deadline structure brought about by the 2009 state budget. Cases may be heard in early 2010, but parties will only have an hour to present their cases to the ERAC commission. The details of how the ERAC process will work will be decided before the end of the year.  Read more »

Federal EPA Says "No Comment" to Coke Plant

submitted by Steven Urso

On Friday, January 16th, the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) informed Middletown Coke Company, City of Monroe and SunCoke Watch that the U.S. EPA would have no further comments in regards to the EPA permit issued by the Ohio EPA on November 25th 2008. The statement was released the last business day of the Bush administration. In the next two weeks, new EPA officials will be appointed by the new director of the U.S. EPA, Lisa Jackson.

The City of Monroe and SunCoke Watch will continue with their appeal of the permit. The date of that hearing has been set for February 2010.

The Ohio EPA has informed Middletown Coke Company that they can begin construction on the site immediately. However, the City of Monroe has said that if construction begins a lawsuit will be filed under the Clean Air Act. Citizens who have concerns in regards to this plant can write the new U.S. EPA Director. Read more »