Target: Governor of Ohio, John Kasich
Goal: Thank U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer for approving an agreement to close a coal waste impoundment that has contaminated surrounding groundwater.
An agreement was recently reached between state regulators and FirstEnergy Corp. of Akron, Ohio to close a coal waste plant in Beaverton County that has caused the contamination of surrounding groundwater. Under this agreement, the utility will stop pumping coal waste in affected areas by the end of 2016, replace water supplies for nearby homes, and pay fines. Ask Ohio Governor John Kasich to thank U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer for advancing the agreement.
When District Judge Fischer approved the consent decree, a March 2013 deadline was set for FirstEnergy, on which they must submit plans for their intentions regarding future use of the waste site. She also forced the company to provide an alternative water source for 21 addresses surrounding the dump site, put in place new monitoring equipment at and nearby the location, and set the December 2016 deadline on which FirstEnergy must discontinue use of the location. The company will also be required to pay an $800,000 fine for violating Ohio’s Solid Waste Management Act.
The coal waste slurry currently at the root of the issue originates from the Bruce Mansfield power plant, and is being pumped into the Little Blue Run waste site in Green Township, Ohio. FirstEnergy’s Little Blue Run waste site is 38 years old. Its 1,700 acres were built before state and federal regulations set the requirement for a liner that would have prevented the spread of arsenic and other harmful contaminants into the groundwater. The company has failed to address that issue until being required to do so now.
By advancing this agreement, District Judge Fischer has affected positive environmental change for Green Township, Ohio, and the surrounding area. FirstEnergy has been forced to pay for their breach of regulations and provide solutions to the problem they created. Sign this petition to ask Ohio Governor John Kasich to thank District Judge Fischer for her efforts.
Dear Governor Kasich,
U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer recently approved an agreement between Ohio state environmental regulators, and the Akron-based utility FirstEnergy Corp. to bring a stop to FirstEnergy’s use of a coal waste facility that has caused the contamination of surrounding groundwater. Under the agreement, the company will end use of the Little Blue Run waste impoundment by the end of 2016, provide alternative water sources for 21 addresses surrounding the site, and pay $800,000 for their violation of Ohio’s Solid Waste Management Act.
The efforts of this district judge have forced FirstEnergy to take responsibility for the problem they caused and come up with solutions to be approved by the state. Her accomplishment should receive credit. Her important work will have a tremendous impact on Ohio’s natural environment. I urge you to thank District Judge Fischer for her work.
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