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OEPA Hearing On Mining Company Permit Draws Crowd, Comments

Feb 2, 2018
Many Clark County residents at the hearing were worried about the impact Enon Sand and Gravel's proposal could have on the environment.
Kristin Stratman / WYSO

More than 200 Springfield residents packed into a cafeteria at Greenon High School for a public hearing Thursday night.

Many came to comment on an Ohio Environmental Protection Agency permit application that would allow mining company Enon Sand and Gravel to dump treated wastewater into a tributary of the nearby Mud Run.

Dina Pierce is spokesperson for the Ohio EPA. Pierce says the agency is listening to community concerns as it considers the permit application.

Citizens Against Mining is fighting a proposed Clark County mining project
Citizens Against Mining, Mad River Township, Ohio. / WYSO

Organizers are hoping for crowds at an upcoming environmental hearing Thursday in Springfield.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will collect public feedback at the hearing on a proposal to discharge wastewater into a Clark County waterway.

 

The Ohio EPA is considering mining company Enon Sand and Gravel’s proposal to send thousands of gallons of wastewater from a limestone quarry into a Mud Run tributary.

 

Salvation Army

The Springfield Salvation Army is looking for dodgeball teams to help raise money for at-risk youth.

 

The ninth annual fundraising tournament will be held in March.

 

Ryan Ray is development director for the Salvation Army.  He says the tournament's mission is to reassure neighborhood young people of their worth.

 

Community producer Renee Wilde investigates the holiday legend of animals talking on Christmas Eve.
Renee Wilde / WYSO

For many of us, the holiday season is a time for sharing stories and traditions. In keeping with the holiday spirit, Community Voices Producer Renee Wilde traces the roots of her own holiday tradition, celebrating the Christmas legend that on Christmas Eve animals can suddenly talk.

Curious how widely known this talking-animals holiday legend is, Wilde heads to Clark County. 

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Opioid overdose survivors can experience physical and mental health problems, long after they're revived with naloxone.
Renee Wilde / WYSO

In Springfield, most calls to the city’s 911 emergency switchboard are related to an opioid overdose.

Some overdose victims will die. Many others will be saved with the fast-acting overdose reversal drug Narcan.

But, for some surviving overdose victims, that’s not the end of the story. An overdose can leave behind lasting mental and physical scars, advocates say.

The​ ​drug​ ​Narcan​ ​can​ ​seem​ ​like​​ ​magic​.​ ​Just​ ​one shot​ ​of​ ​the​ ​powerful​ medicine ​can​ ​literally​ ​bring​ ​an overdose victim ​back​ ​from​ ​the​ ​dead.​

Staff at the nonprofit Springfield addiction-treatment agency McKinley​ ​Hall are participating in a new approach to opioid overdose.
Renee Wilde / WYSO

Clark County has seen a record number of overdose deaths this year. But widespread use of the antidote ​Narcan is also allowing many people who overdose to survive and use again, increasing their risk of dying the next time.

The Springfield Police Department is hiring to fill an officer shortage with funding from a recent temporary tax increase.
Springfield Police Division Facebook page

The Springfield Police Department has been understaffed for months. But thanks to a temporary tax hike approved by voters earlier this year, the department is again accepting applications. Police officials say the new officers will go a long way toward responding to the city’s ongoing overdose crisis.

Opponents of the Enon Sand and Gravel mining project say the mine could threaten the drinking-water supply, create noise pollution and hurt the property values of hundreds of nearby homes.
Citizens Against Mining, Mad River Township, Ohio. / WYSO

Some Clark County residents are pushing back against a proposed mining project in Mad River Township.

 

Opposition to the project has been growing louder after company Enon Sand and Gravel announced plans for the quarry project last year.

 

Opponents argue the mine could threaten the water supply, create noise pollution and hurt the property values of more than 200 nearby homes.

 

 

Tornado Recovery Continues in Clark County

Jun 2, 2017
A mobile home in McMahan's Fairway Terrace, affected by the May 24th tornado in Clark County.
Daniel Gummel

Many home and business owners are continuing to dig out one week after six tornadoes swept across the Miami Valley, leaving behind a path of destruction.

 

The National Weather Service confirmed four tornadoes rated EF0, and two rated EF1, on the evening of May 24, 2017, including a twister that touched down in Clark County along Highway 235 near New Carlisle.

 

tornado wall cloud national weather service Photo taken near US 35 and I-75, just west of Dayton, at around 7 p.m. Wednesday
WYSO/ Jerry Kenney

Experts with the National Weather Service are still working to survey all of the damage from Wednesday's severe storms. Forecasters have so far confirmed there were six tornadoes in and around Clark and Miami Counties, with wind speeds varying between 75 and 100 miles per hour. 

The National Weather Service confirmed four tornadoes rated EF0, and two rated EF1, on the evening of May 24, 2017, including a twister that touched down in Clark County along Highway 235 near New Carlisle. No major injuries were reported.

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