The Ohio EPA failed to collect adequate data to determine the recreational health for 60% of Ohio’s inland streams and 60% of Ohio’s large rivers. From the data they did collect: 3/4 of their samples for inland streams and 1/2 samples for large rivers contained high levels of E. Coli bacteria. These numbers are cause for alarm and the Ohio EPA needs to act urgently to collect missing data across the state.
95% of Carroll depends on groundwater and yet, over the next ten years, ODNR will allow 2,000 unconventional gas wells and permit an underground coal mine without informing the public about potential impacts on water quality.
Every time it rains our waterways are threatened by sewage. Hamilton County has more combined sewage overflow points than anywhere else in Ohio and ranks 3rd in the country overall.
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We focus our attention on 4 nuclear sites:
· The nuclear reservation at Piketon, OH. USEC, Inc., whose stock is junk rated, is seeking a $2 billion loan guarantee to complete a gaseous centrifuge uranium enrichment plant on the 3,714-acre site. They experienced a crash of 6 centrifuges in June 2011. Other Piketon issues include: the need for more funding for cleanup of the massive contamination of a former gaseous diffusion uranium enrichment plant; the dual threats of a proposed nuclear power plant and a proposed radioactive metals smelting facility; and questions of future use of the site.
· The Davis-Besse reactor on Lake Erie has the worst violations and accident record of any currently operating US reactor. They are currently seeking a 20-year license extension.
· The Perry reactor on Lake Erie, on a fault in the center one of Ohio’s 2 most frequent earthquake zones, was recently named by Reuters as the most dangerous nuclear plant in the world, in terms of danger to worker safety. They had a troubling incident in April 2011.
· The Fermi 2 reactor in Michigan is also on Lake Erie, 20 miles north of Ohio. Fermi 1 breeder reactor had a partial meltdown in 1966 (See the book We Almost Lost Detroit). Fermi 2 is a Mark 1 reactor, same as those in Fukushima, with many problems. Detroit Edison is attempting to build Fermi 3.