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Opinions Made at Council Meeting Concerning the Coke Plant
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 12:08:24 PM - Monroe Ohio

Opinions Made at Council Meeting Concerning the Coke PlantBy: Tara Kunkle

Monroe’s city mayor told Denise Wilson of the Middletown Journal that there is no limit on how much taxpayer money Monroe is willing to spend to halt construction of a proposed coke plant in Middletown. Mayor Robert Routson made his comments during a City Council meeting. There were 30 people that went to give opinions on this dispute. Monroe has spent more than $150,000 in legal fees attempting to stop SunCoke Energy’s $340 million project that is off Ohio 4.

There were many people that went to the meeting to voice their opinion including construction workers, residents and many others. The project could bring an estimated $30 million in payroll to Butler County. Joni Kritzer of Dayton told council she was going to be among the 500 construction workers on the project. Currently Kritzer is out of a job because of Monroe’s lawsuit.

In January Monroe filed a lawsuit against Middletown Coke Company Inc. and its parent company, SunCoke Energy Inc. for violations of the federal Clean Air Act in connection with the construction of the plant adjacent to the AK Steel Middletown Works in Middletown.   This lawsuit tries to fine civil penalties and an order to halt the construction of the coke plant.
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