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Proposed U.S. EPA rule would regulate power plant waste
Other headlines: Perry nuclear leak leads to shutdown; water-main break cuts power to 8,000; Ohio brain-drain reversed
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


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Leak causes Perry nuke plant shutdown 
The Perry Nuclear plant has been shut down after a leak was discovered in a reactor coolant line.  The leak occurred around 11pm Saturday which required a shutdown. 

The operator of the plant, Akron-based FirstEnergy filed a report with the Nuclear Regulatory commission stating that the steam leak was a non-emergency.  The cooling water leak is reported to be radioactive but contained within a sealed area.

Proposed U.S. EPA rule would regulate power plant waste
Coal fired power plants in Ohio could be required to limit the amount of pollutants leaked into waterways if a new set of US EPA rules is enacted. 

The change comes after environmental groups sued the EPA over a loophole granted to power plants that does not measure the amount of dangerous metal released into water ways from facilities.

The pollutants are those leached out of ash dumps or when waste is removed from scrubbers.

The EPA estimates 1.8 billion pounds of lead, cadmium, mercury, and other unregulated toxic metals are washed into waterways each year from U.S. power plants.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the Ohio EPA does not currently monitor such discharges unless there is a clear water-quality issue at a plant. 

Water main break cuts power to 8,000
A water main break in East Cleveland early this morning knocked out power for about 8,000 FirstEnergy customers. The water flooded part of Euclid Ave. and a nearby substation.

The utility says nearly all of those who lost power are back online.

But WKYC reports the City of Cleveland does not know when water will be restored in the neighborhood. 

Ohio brain-drain reversed
A newspaper analysis shows that Ohio may be starting to turn around its "brain drain."

The Dayton Daily News reports that census data shows that Ohio may finally have seen the end of a decades-long trend of losing young adults to other states.

Beginning in 2010, Ohio actually showed an increase in the population of people ages 20 to 34.

Over the past two decades – through 2010 -  the state lost more than 420,000 young adults— a drop of more than 16 percent.

But in recent years the state has seen a 2-percent rise in the number of young people staying here or moving to Ohio.

Experts attribute it to better job opportunities available in the Buckeye state.
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