How can Great Lakes states continue to promote environmental destruction through their own policies while clamoring for billions from Washington to restore them? A proposed coke plant near Toledo, OH, is the latest example. This carbon-belching monster is the past, not the future. Thanks to local citizen activism, the new draft pollution permit is stronger than the old, but it's only a matter of the degree of destruction.
Sandy Bihn doesn't know her possible new neighbors, but she's leery about what their presence in her community could mean.
Bihn, a member of Oregon City Council, is concerned about the amount of air and water pollution a proposed industrial facility to be located along the border of Oregon and Toledo would release into the environment. The plant, which would produce coke, a byproduct of coal, for use in North American steel and foundry facilities, will be built on an area the City of Toledo pledged to keep as wetlands when it expanded its water treatment plant on York Street south of the site, said Bihn, executive director of the Western Lake Erie Waterkeeper Association.