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July 6, 2005. Environmental Quality Board hears DuPont case
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July 6, 2005

The Marietta Times (Ohio)

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Environmental Quality Board hears DuPont case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Environmental Quality Board conducted a hearing Tuesday and decided not to dismiss an appeal of the permit issued to DuPont for an industrial waste dump in Wood County.

The board also suspended some of the conditions for the permit until it can get more comments from the public on the permit for the Dry Run landfill near Lubeck, W.Va, said Jessica Greathouse, chief communications officer with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.

In May, the state DEP and DuPont proposed to rewrite portions of the water pollution and waste management permits for the company’s landfill. The Environmental Quality Board is a five-member body that hears all proposed appeals of permits, Greathouse said a date would be set for public comments before a final decision is made.

The dump was opened in 1984, and DuPont has disposed of large amounts of C-8 containing wastes at the site, according to The Associated Press. By April 1990, DuPont tests confirmed that C8 was leaching from the landfill into Dry Run Creek at concentrations as high as 1.6 parts per million, more than 100 times the company’s limit for C-8.

C-8 is a trade name for a chemical used at DuPont’s Washington Works plant in the production of Teflon.

At the Tuesday hearing, Greathouse said there was little public comment with only about two citizens attending.

Clean Air Act violations trial against AEP to begin

COLUMBUS — The federal government’s lawsuit against American Electric Power for allegedly spewing chemicals harmful to human health and the environment was scheduled to go to trial today in U.S. District Court.

At stake are billions of dollars in pollution controls and millions of dollars in penalties.

The government claims Columbus-based AEP rebuilt nine coal-fired power plants, including four in West Virginia, without installing pollution controls as required under the Clean Air Act.

AEP argues the work done on its power plants was routine maintenance, which doesn’t trigger the requirements for pollution controls.

Ohio Edison made the same argument in its trial over the W.H. Sammins plant in Jefferson County in 2003.

It lost and is paying more $1.1 billion to install emission scrubbers and $33.5 million in fines and environmental initiatives.

The nine plants are Muskingum River, Cardinal and Conesville in Ohio; Tammers Creek in Indiana; Amos, Kammer, Mitchell and Sporn in West Virginia, and Clinch River in Virginia.

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