Adams County Sheriff Kim Rogers is reporting five people injured in an explosion at the J.M. Stuart Station Power Plant near Aberdeen, Ohio around 1 p.m. Tuesday. The plant is operated by Dayton Power and Light (DP&L).
“I know there was five injured, no fatalities at this point,” Rogers told the Daily Times. Rogers said he does not believe any of the injuries are life-threatening.
Rogers said officials are not at a point where they know what caused the explosion.
“The local squads and fire (departments) are still down there,” Rogers said Tuesday afternoon.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Dayton Power & Light’s J.M. Stuart Station is a 4 unit, coal fired power plant with a generating capacity of 2,400 megawatts. The facility is located on Ohio 52, 4 miles east of Aberdeen, Ohio. The facility discharges to Little Threemile Creek. The EPA objected to Ohio’s draft wastewater discharge permit for the Dayton Power & Light’s J.M. Stuart Power Station. U.S. EPA objected because the permit record did not demonstrate that the temperature limits in Ohio EPA’s proposed permit would adequately protect aquatic life in Little Threemile Creek.
The U.S. EPA held a public hearing on the issue on March 23, 2011, in Georgetown, Ohio. On September 28, 2011, U.S. EPA notified Ohio EPA that the objection was upheld and required Ohio EPA to submit a revised permit within 30 days. The Ohio EPA submitted a proposed permit addressing the U.S. EPA objection and in December 2012, U.S. EPA withdrew its objection, clearing the way for the state to issue the permit on Jan. 7, 2013. The final permit and response to comments is available at Ohio EPA’s website. The permit has been appealed and is currently awaiting hearing with the Environmental Review Appeals Commission in Ohio.
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