Beulah Boldman David Kierzek Theresa C Davis Edward F Storer Ralph Rader DP&L to stick with planned closings Preventing tax season identity theft 4-H awards 11 local scholarships Peebles Elementary holds Spirit Week Humane Society to hold Radio Auction Local business partners find historical treasure in old bank building DP&L employees meet with union leadership GE-Peebles Test Operation joins the campaign about Distracted Driving North Adams Elementary recognizes February Students of the Month Senior Profile: Sydney Michael Stars will shine for the 34th annual C-103 All-Star Game NAHS Track/XC host Shamrock Shuffle 5K Associated Press names All-Southeast District Teams Senior Profile: Hannah Howard Nice to finally be a small part of March Madness The tractor has always been special Jimmy Nelson Kathryn Boldman James E Downs Manchester grad enjoys a “Super” Experience Taking Adams County patriotism to the state capitol John P Sininger Jo Ann Hayslip Harvey U Schrock Eunice G. Burgess Senior Profile: Kaulen St Michael Cox Racing returns to Brushcreek on April 2 Southern Hills Athletic Conference holds Winter Sports Awards ceremony County provides multiple walking venues Adams County parks are tobacco-free Rhoads Memorial 5K Run/Walk is April 9 Peebles Elem. Staff of the Month Floyd E Maddy Raymond A Holt Derrick Poe Spencer E McFarland Mintie F Rogers Roberta Eylar Big Time Wrestling coming to NAHS Carl Tomlin CTC students help with storm clean-up Opening the door for high-tech jobs Jack R Slyger Thomas Stratton Jr Eastern Lady Warriors headed to Final Four Senior Profile: Logan Rogers Southern Hills Athletic Conference names 2016-17 All-Conference Basketball Teams Winchester PD continues assault on drugs Alonso joins Defender staff Sheriff to set up outpost in Manchester Johnson named OEDA Membership Chairperson Sherman E Young Ruth Jackman ‘Kitten Season’ comes to Ohio Manchester Council votes to disband PD Olde Wayside Inn under new management Two overdose on heroin Senior Profile: Ethan Parrett Adams/Brown Youth League holds postseason tourney Three nights of pain Furious rally falls short, Lady Devils again eliminated in Div. III district finals, 45-42 Oscar Moore Barbara J Finnegan Ohio Senate and House honor Miss Ohio USA Michael Eldridge Frances Towner Thelma R Williamson BREAKING NEWS: Manchester council votes to eliminate police department Before all dogs go to heaven Adaptive Bikes delivered in Adams County Adams County Junior Fair Market Hog Identification plans announced for 2017 Local couple takes ownership of two local businesses Jo Hanson to retire after nearly 50 years in banking Sierra Club, hero or villain? Greyhounds, Devils are runners-up in SHAC Tournaments Harold L Purdin Senior Profile: Jacob Wickerham 98-year old author publishes first book Early March storm packs destructive punch Jeeps rally in second half to end the Peebles season How about some post season awards? Thanks for all the great sports coverage PHS Principal hopes to expand students’ world view When spring becomes a promise Greg Lorenz Clay shoots the lights out, shoots down Greyhounds’ season Senior Profile: Savannah McFarland Devils put up a good fight, but fall to Portsmouth in sectional final, 50-43 Second half comeback sends Lady Devils to district finals for third straight year Butts honored by Southeast District Athletic Board North Adams Elementary holds Random Acts of Kindness Week Chester W Eyre BREAKING NEWS: March makes its entrance with force WUES kicks off Right to Read Week with guest readers WUHS students see Aronoff show on the life of Edgar Allan Poe

Commissioners meet in Columbus with DP&L CEO Tom Raga

Adams County Commissioners Brian Baldridge, Diane Ward, and Ty Pell met on Feb. 22 with the CEO of Dayton Power and Light to discuss all of the ramifications of the company closing two local power plants.

Looking for answers, Commissioners put county’s concerns front and center at statehouse meeting –

By Patricia Beech –

Adams County Commissioners Brian Baldridge, Diane Ward, and Ty Pell met on Wednesday, Feb. 22 with DP&L Chief Executive Officer Tom Raga and state leaders to discuss the closing of the Killen and J.M. Stuart Plants. The commissioners were joined by Adams County Economic Development Director Holly Johnson and Prosecuting Attorney David Kelley.
“We asked for this meeting so we could express our deep concerns about the plant closings in our county,” the Commissioners said in a joint statement released to The Defender. “We made an impassioned plea to those in attendance to make changes to the current planned closings to protect the thousands of Adams County families who will be hurt by this action.”
The plants, which employ approximately 700 local people, are slated for closure in June 2018 if the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) approves DP&L’s Electric Security Plan.
The Commissioners said they will continue to push for every available solution to change the timetable of the closings and find alternate job sources for those who are affected.
In addition to the loss of 700 jobs, the county stands to lose over $8 million dollars in tax revenue and the Manchester School District will see their yearly budget cut by nearly 55% when the two coal-fired plants are shuttered.
“We understand the worries and fears of our friends, families, and neighbors who will be affected by the plant closings,” the Commissioners said.  “We won’t rest until we can address and hopefully resolve these concerns.”
The Commissioners said they discussed not only the economic impact of the closures, but also the plants’ progress through decommissioning, remediation, and redevelopment.
A lack of information concerning DP&L’s plans for clean-up at the site has led to worries that the county could be left with a “brownfield”, a term used to describe land which was previously used for industrial or commercial purposes that is now contaminated with toxins and poisons.
According to the EPA, there are more than 450,000 “brownfields across the U.S. because there are no legal requirements for demolishing old power plants. Companies typically choose not to spend significant money to decommission them. Across America, retired generating plants have been left abandoned for years or decades, and their capped ash ponds frequently create environmental disasters for local communities. The cost of clean up for those communities runs in the tens of millions of dollars.
The Sierra Club, a principal player in the move away from coal, contends that people living within one mile of unlined coal ash ponds can have a 1 in 50 risk of cancer—more than 2,000 times higher than what the EPA considers acceptable.
Coal ash contains arsenic, lead, mercury, and selenium, as well as aluminum, barium, boron, and chlorine. All can be toxic, and all can be found in the ash ponds of retired coal-fired power plants.
Ash ponds fall into a dangerous regulatory gap since Ohio has no laws designating companies to be financially responsible for covering all the costs of closing and maintaining their toxic ponds.

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