Ohio EPA cites area for soot problems

It's official: Summit, Stark, Portage, Medina and Cuyahoga counties have bigger problems with microscopic soot. Read more
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Minerva, OH

#22 Jan 10, 2008
CC Baxter wrote:
I understand...,
E-check is an appalling abuse of government authority. I do not think there is much to discuss there.

The problem is bureaucracy. Bureaucrats never solve problems, their livelihoods depend on the existence of problems. Growth of the 'business' requires expansion of the problem or putting themselves in charge of other problems.

No government agency will ever call a press conference to tell you that they have solved the problem and that they are all cleaning out their desks.

As an example, have you heard the radio advertisements encouraging people to sign up for food stamps? We have spent money to expand the problem. Only in government service is logic like this utilized.

I am no expert on septic systems, but I do not recall any stories about disease outbreaks. It would seem that the old rules were working fairly well. But if the bureaucracy has expanded the problem to suit it's needs, where is the gain. Septic systems could always be made safer. There are flammable gasses in those units, what about requiring lighting protection? It would make them safer, but is the cost worth it?

Your suggestion about everyone living in cities and towns amuses me. That is the real cause of the soot and the smog. That is why the article was written in the first place. There is a reason that Wyandot County did not make this list.
Overtaxed Voter

Norwalk, OH

#23 Jan 10, 2008
Medina Reader wrote:
This photo for this article is for all idiots who don't know better.
Just like the polar bear on the ice float.

The Akron Beacon Journal...
"Misleading the uninformed, generation after generation"

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#26 Jan 20, 2008
>>Every city, county, state, and nation could reduce unburned energy from fossil fuels <<

Wouldn't one reduce "unburned energy" from fossil fuels by, ummm, uh, burning it?

Minerva, OH

#28 Jan 20, 2008
Ignition requires no pressure.

Ignition requires heat oxygen and fuel. Pressure can be utilized to reduce the amount of heat needed. But pressure itself is unnecessary.

Think of a coal furnace in a steam locomotive, half the time the door was open - hence no pressure.

Soot can contain both burnt and unburnt particles.
Mary Grimmett Trent


#29 Jan 21, 2008
City Worker wrote:
The EPA sounds like a certain sci-fi movie: let's put Trumbull and Mahoning counties in the "bad"
group merely because they are likely to be "bad" later. What happened to not being guilty until you commit the actual crime?
Also looks like I'll be buying my gas in Wayne County in the future. Of course, I'll probably be waiting in line to do so, behind all the others from the "bad" counties buying their gas in nearby cheaper counties.
You sound like one of Akrons attornies. All this coming from a city that owes 400 million for sewer repairs so citizens are not exposed needlessly. Sci-fi is the city doing what ever corruption it took to keep the issues from coming into the publics eye. What you want to keep breathing soot then you and possibly your children develop asthma and other breathing problems then thats you decision. Do not go to the polls and vote then turn around and complain when EPA has to keep the law you voted in. You have worked for Akron to long and are spoiled by the city.

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