NEW FRANKLIN, Ohio (AP) - Construction is expected to start this month on a northeast Ohio facility that would turn sewage sludge into vehicle fuel by producing compressed natural gas.
The Akron Beacon Journal reports local officials and the Ohio Environmental Protect Agency have approved the $4.5 million anaerobic digester in New Franklin, south of Akron. The process uses bacteria that don't need oxygen to consume sludge and yield a burnable gas that can fuel specially converted vehicles.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - On the heels of the worst recession since the great depression, many Ohioans are having a hard time repaying their student loans.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that Ohio's default rate for student loans was 8.5 percent as of Sept. 30, 2010 - making Ohio's the 18th-highest rate out of 54 U.S. states and territories ranked by the U.S. Department of Education.
Ohio's for-profit colleges saw the highest rate of students unable to pay back loans. American School of Technology in central Ohio had the highest rate of 22 percent.