State environmental officials have determined what caused the mysterious sheen on the Muskingum River.
Test results from the state EPA reveal that the sheen is a naturally occurring diatom algae bloom. The director of the Muskingum County EMA, Bo Keck, said that the algae forms at the bottom of the river and the dams cause it to give off an oil-like sheen on the surface.
Though officials know what it is, they do not know what caused it.
The Muskingum County Sheriff's Office and the EPA has opened up an investigation to find out who is dumping computers and TV's in recycling bins across the county.
"It's happened four times this week," said Robert Reiter of the SEO Joint Solid Waste Management District. "These trailers were pulled in and somebody had dumped a significant amount of, actually an overwhelming amount of catheter 8 tubes from computer monitors and televisions inside those recycling trailers....
Zanesville City Council passed the first reading of an ordinance regarding Ohio Environmental Protection Agency requirements.
The EPA has mandated the city to implement a storm water management program. Council President Dan Vincent said it requires the city to update its program rules for erosion and sediment control as well as storm water discharge resulting in construction activities.
"Anytime there is storm runoff, whatever the rain is washing away, it's going...
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is removing a "bloom advisory" that was issued for Dillon Lake.
A spokesman says samples from the beach and marina at the state park yielded toxic-free results for the second week in a row. The Ohio EPA initially issued the advisory near the beginning of the month because of blue-green algae that had developed on the water.
Blue Rock State Park still has a no contact advisory in place even though samples taken last week at Cutler...
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is asking Perry County citizens for their input on a landfill expansion in New Lexington.
It received a request from Tunnel Hill Partners to add 69 acres to the property, located at 2500 Township Road 205. It already occupies close to 550 acres. The company is also asking to receive more air space and to increase the maximum daily waste receipt to around eight thousand tons. That increase would enable the landfill to fill up in about 12 years....
A Cambridge company has reached a settlement with the Ohio EPA and will be forking over more than 16 thousand dollars.
It stems from S.W. Land Company having waste disposal above a certain approved elevation. The offense took place at the company's Georgetown Road facility, located near the intersection of State Routes 40 and 209.
The facility has since been closed.
An Ohio EPA spokesperson says about four thousand dollars of the settlement will be used to purchase...