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.
Several local Monroe residents spoke in support of the city. Lisa Fry, from Sun Coke Watch described this project as being about “truth and deception.” Lisa said, “It’s about our lives and it’s about right and wrong.” She expressed her appreciation to the City of Monroe for their continued fight against the proposed SunCoke plant. Mark Chaney who lives on Niederlander also spoke and said, “I have spoken to people in the neighborhood and not one person is opposing what you are doing.” Mark Chaney recalled the time he gathered petition signatures in Middletown and related stories of support from Middletown residents. Lastly he said, “The media has been slanted and the EPA does not take in people into account.” He asked concerning the EPA, “Who are they protecting?” Chuck Inwood, another resident of Monroe, spoke in support of the city said “The air we breathe will be less safe if this plant is built.” Mr. Inwood said, “The long term price of failure is much worse” Chuck commended the City of Monroe for staying in this fight.
Bill Trick Chamber of Commerce president of Middletown, Monroe, and Trenton was the only person to speak in support of the proposed coke plant. He said “It’s a clean permit and meets the EPA standard for coke making.” The Council voted in favor of appealing the New Source Permit by a vote of 6-1. Councilmen Todd Hickman voted no on the emergency resolution. Todd Hickman could not be reached for comment regarding his no vote.
SunCoke Watch and NRDC Appeal NSR Permit
At the March 9th Monroe City Council meeting Monroe resident Lisa Fry announced that SunCoke Watch would appeal the New Source Review permit. SunCoke Watch will be joining forces with the the National Resource Defense Council, an environmental advocacy group. The NRDC has been involved with a proposed FDS coke facility in Toledo for several years. The NRDC’s track record in Toledo clearly shows that they will be in this fight for the long haul.
Retired AK Steel Employee Appeals Permit
 Monroe resident and retired AK Steel employee Robert Snook has also filed an appeal of the New Source Review Permit. Mr. Snook said he is appealing the permit because “SunCoke does not have adequate offset credits for emissions in a non attainment area and they are not using the lowest achievable emissions as required in a non-attainment area as compared to FDS coke in Toledo, Ohio.
 There will be a preliminary hearing March 31st in Columbus, Ohio with the date of the appeal hearing to be decided at this preliminary hearing.
First Permit No Longer Valid
When the New Source Review Permit was issued February 9, 2010 according to the Ohio EPA the permit that was issued in November of 2008 was no longer valid. Questions remain since there is speculation that the appeals on the first permit are still valid and will still be heard at ERAC.
Newest SunCoke Notice of Violation
 SunCoke in Haverhill, Ohio was issued another notice of violation from the Federal EPA on February 17, 2010. The federal EPA cited SunCoke and said they “are in violation of the Clean Air Act.” According to the U.S. EPA, Suncoke continues to violate their permit when it comes to emissions limits, continuous emission monitoring and bypass venting. This is the fourth notice of violation within the last year issued by the EPA. Due to the violations Suncoke has been labeled a “High Priority Violator” according the Federal EPA. One of the most important factors in obtaining a New Source Review Permit is the applicant must be in compliance at all of their facilities. This is one of several reasons why multiple parties are currently appealing the New Source Review permit.

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