Dayton reaches $1.5M settlement over nuisance odors

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 2:48 PM

Dayton reaches $1.5M settlement over nuisance odors

The city of Dayton has agreed to accept a nearly $1.5 million settlement with an agricultural and industrial company over discharge issues that led to sewer blockages and foul odors.

Cargill’s corn milling plant in Dayton produces about 3 million to 4 million gallons of waste every day that is fed into the city’s sanitary sewer system, city officials said.

The city took enforcement action against the company because its discharge was causing blockages in the sanitary sewer as well as an unpleasant smell, said John Musto, Dayton’s chief trial counsel.

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The blockage issues have been resolved, officials said, and the city and Cargill will work together to try to reduce smelly hydrogen sulfide levels in the waste water system associated with the company’s discharge.

“The settlement also provides a framework for the parties to work together to identify a cost-effective method for preventing odors in the city sewer serving the corn mill,” said Kelly Sheehan, spokeswoman for Cargill.

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Since 2014, the city of Dayton issued Cargill a series of notices of violation and administrative orders for not following regulations related to pretreatment of wastewater discharge, officials said.

The company, which has a plant at 3201 Needmore Road, appealed about 41 of the notices.

But the city and Cargill have reached a settlement in which the city agrees to rescind the notices of violation and the company will drop its pending appeals.

Cargill was required to pay penalties to the city to appeal the notices, which were held until the appeals were decided, Sheehan said.

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Under the settlement, the city will keep that money to help pay for odor control trials and sewer cleaning, Sheehan said.

“Cargill’s wet corn mill in Dayton, Ohio, takes great pride in operating in compliance with all environmental laws and Cargill’s own strict environmental standards,” she said.

Cargill also agreed to stop using lime in the pretreatment process last year, and there have been no blockages in the system since that time, said Musto.

Cargill and the city expect to discuss setting parameters on the company’s wastewater discharge to reduce sulfates in the system, which causes hydrogen sulfide, leading to stinky odors, Musto said.

The city wanted a resolution that addresses toxic odors in the wastewater system but that is also cost-effective for Cargill, who is an important employer and community partner, said Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein.

“This takes care of issues from the past,” she said.

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Local artists team up for 9th Annual Art Splash

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 7:21 PM

URS will host the 9th Annual Art Splash for local artists on Tuesday
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Local artists will spend Tuesday creating with more than 300 children, adults and seniors during the ninth annual Art Splash.

United Rehabilitation Services of Greater Dayton will host the event from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and 12:30 to 2 p.m. for those who attend youth and adult services programs, URS Development Director Vivian O’Connell stated in a release.

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This year’s talent includes photographers, visual artists and musicians. They will work with a variety of media including sculpture, painting and metal.

“Art is one of the many enrichment activities we offer the individuals we serve each day,” said Executive Director Dennis Grant. “Thanks to the generosity of these local artists, we can offer a meaningful cultural experience to them.”

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The URS Art Splash is only one of many events held in conjunction with the 15th annual URS Rubber Duck Regatta that will be held on Sept. 15 during the Hispanic Heritage Festival. That’s when 20,000 rubber ducks will be dropped into the Great Miami River at RiverScape Metropark for a chance to win seven great prizes. For more information about this event, visit www.daytonducks.com or call 937-853-5464.

For more information about URS and its events, visit www.ursdayton.org.

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com.

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Identity of man fatally electrocuted at Hamilton home released

Published: Saturday, July 14, 2018 @ 8:59 PM
Updated: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 3:06 PM

UPDATE @ 3 p.m.:

David E. Robertson, 67, of Hamilton, was doing chimney work on a house in the 2300 block of Pleasant Avenue when he made contact with a power line, according to Hamilton police.

Robertson was found unresponsive and could not be revived by the Hamilton Fire Department, according to the police report.

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UPDATE @ 1:30 p.m. July 16:

An autopsy was performed today on the man who was fatally electrocuted Saturday afternoon in the 2300 block of Pleasant Avenue in Hamilton, according to the Butler County Coroner’s Office.

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Results are expected to be released Tuesday, officials said. 

Because the incident took place at a residence, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, doesn’t have jurisdiction, said Scott Allen, spokesman for the U.S. Department of Labor.

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He said OSHA only has jurisdiction to conduct an investigation if the accident took place at a business and there was an employee/employer relationship.

FIRST REPORT (July 14):

A man was fatally electrocuted Saturday afternoon around 3:00 p.m. at 2327 Pleasant Avenue, according to a release.

Units from the Hamilton Fire Department responded to a reported electrocution, and upon arrival found a male subject had made contact with power lines while operating on a portable articulating lift.

The equipment was quickly de-energized through the rapid efforts of the Hamilton Electrical Utility Division.

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It was determined that the lift operator did not survive the event and the Butler County Coroner and Hamilton Police Department are investigating the incident.

The man was removed through the cooperative efforts of the employees from the fire, police, and electrical divisions.

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Springfield homicide victim identified 

Published: Saturday, July 14, 2018 @ 11:08 PM
Updated: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 9:37 AM

Units were dispatched to the scene at approximately 10:30 p.m. and found a male victim, reportedly in his 50s, dead in an alley on Clifton Ave. Police said the man was shot multiple times.

UPDATE @ 9:40 a.m. (July 16):

The victim in Saturday’s homicide shooting as been identified as Howard Edley, 70, of Springfield. 

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UPDATE @ 8:20 p.m. (July 15):

Springfield police are still working to learn what led up to the homicide shooting that occurred Saturday evening in the alley of E. Rose Street and Clifton Avenue.

The neighborhood was quiet Sunday afternoon, but Saturday night, police tape, investigators, and police cars swarmed the area. “It’s a bit disturbing. What can occur,” said Michael Carey of Springfield who lives on E. Rose Street.

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He first heard about the news shortly after the victim was found dead. He’s not happy another homicide happened, but he isn’t shocked either. “It’s kind of typical around this whole area because it happens every now and then,” said Carey.

For now, Carey hopes whoever did this will be caught. “I’m just concerned about our well-being.”

UPDATE July 15 @1:09 a.m.:

A shooting that occurred late Saturday night near E. Rose Street and Clifton Avenue has been ruled as a homicide, the Springfield Police Department confirmed.

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Units were dispatched to the scene at approximately 10:30 p.m. and found a male victim, reportedly in his 50s, dead in an alley on Clifton Ave. Police said the man was shot multiple times.

The victim’s identity has not been released.

No suspects have been named at this time. 

FIRST REPORT July 14 @11:08 p.m.:

A male in his 50’s was shot twice Saturday evening at E. Rose Street and Clifton Avenue.

Police crews were dispatched around 10:30 p.m., with detectives and crime scene investigators en route.

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The victim’s injuries are unknown at this time.

We will update this page when more information becomes available.

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Power restored in Clinton County

Published: Sunday, July 15, 2018 @ 9:01 PM
Updated: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 8:23 AM

Troy power line fire

UPDATE @8:30 a.m.: Power has been restored.

UPDATE @ 2:13 a.m. (July 16): An estimated 1,154 Dayton Power & Light customers are still without power, according to the utility’s online outage map.

We’re working to find out what caused the outage, which has persisted through Sunday evening.

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UPDATE @ 10:35 p.m.:

DP&L was reporting 1,186 outages, 1,176 of which were in Clinton. Other scattered outages were reported in Logan, Miami (1 each) and in Montgomery (8).

FIRST REPORT:

Thousands of Dayton Power & Light customers are without power this evening.

As of 8:48 p.m., 2,226 are without power in Miami and Clinton counties. 

The following numbers were reported:

  • Clinton: 1,529
  • Miami: 690
  • Montgomery: 6
  • Logan: 1

A Miami County viewer sent WHIO-TV video purporting to show a power line on fire in Troy. 

Nick Kleiner said he was walking along Shaftsburry about 8:30 p.m. when he noticed the power line on fire. It only lasted about five minutes, he said, and ended when an end piece of the line broke off.

Kleiner said it didn’t seem like a lot of damage was done. 

Whether a DP&L crew was dispatched was not certain.

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