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Nearly 7,000 Northeast Ohioans are still without power
Other headlines: Ohio EPA chief resigns; Ohio Supreme Court dismisses Sierra Club records request; Man driving with 50 bombs arrested
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


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Jeff St. Clair
 
  • Head of Ohio EPA steps down
  • Ohio Supreme Court dismisses Sierra Club records request
  • Heroin summit recommends more money for treatment
  • Man driving with 50 bombs arrested 
  • Nearly 7,000 Northeast Ohioans are still without power 
    Nearly 7,000 FirstEnergy customers are still without power as an Arctic freeze continues today across Northeast Ohio.

    More than 3,500 homes in Cuyahoga County are affected.

    Police in Richmond Heights earlier today encouraged residents suffering from the outages to seek shelter at Richmond Town Square Mall. 

    FirstEnergy crews working overnight restored power to nearly 8,000 people effected by downed lines.


    Head of Ohio EPA steps down
    The head of Ohio’s EPA has resigned, three years after he was appointed by Gov. John Kasich.

    An announcement from Kasich’s office gave no reason for Scott Nally’s leaving other saying he would “pursue other opportunities.” Kasich praised him for keeping the environment safe while making the agency more business friendly. 

    Last fall, the Ohio EPA’s water chief, George Elmaraghy accused Nally and Kasich of forcing him to resign because of pressure from coal companies who wanted permits that could violate the Clean Water Act. Nally denied that. 

    The acting EPA chief will be Craig Butler, who is Kasich’s senior policy advisor on environmental, energy, public utility and agricultural issues. He also was a district director for the EPA.


    Ohio Supreme Court dismisses Sierra Club records request
    The Ohio Supreme Court has dismissed an environmental group's case seeking documents related to alleged illegal dumping of wastewater from oil and gas drilling into a northeast Ohio storm sewer.

    Justices ended the Sierra Club's case against the Ohio Department of Natural Resources in the wake of a settlement agreement.

    The Sierra Club's Ohio chapter sought documents related to ODNR's investigation of D&L Energy and Hardrock Excavating in Youngstown.

    The department revoked the firms' permits in February amid a federal investigation into the dumping of up to 40,000 gallons of fracking wastewater into a storm sewer that drains into the Mahoning River. 

     
    Heroin summit recommends more money for treatment
    Treating heroin use as a public health threat and educating people about its dangers are among the recommendations of a panel in northeast Ohio.

    A daylong summit in November on the heroin epidemic in the region led to the community action plan with the recommendations, which include increased addiction treatment and stricter guidelines for prescription painkillers — which often lead to heroin use.

    The Akron Beacon Journal reports that other recommendations include educating medical providers about heroin abuse, more funding to fight it, and focusing law enforcement efforts on addiction intervention.

    Heroin addicts are flooding detox centers, rehab facilities and jails in Ohio. Many people try it after getting hooked on painkillers, which have become harder to get.


    Man driving with 50 bombs arrested 
    A man stopped for speeding in central Ohio was charged with possessing an explosive device after four guns and nearly 50 bombs were found in his vehicle.

    Forty-three-year-old Andrew Scott Boguslawski was arrested late New Year's Day west of Columbus. He faces a court hearing Friday in Madison County.

    Police found two pistols, two rifles, 48 explosive devices and tools and materials to make additional explosives.

    Investigators are trying to determine why the man had the arsenal.

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