Months after coal plant demolitions, waste still sits in Ohio River as Army Corps orders cleanup

 Months after coal plant demolitions, waste still sits in Ohio River as Army Corps orders cleanup

NEW RICHMOND, Ohio — Clermont County residents were shocked in February when a smokestack from the retired Walter C. Beckjord power plant toppled into the Ohio River.

But emails obtained by the WCPO 9 I-Team show that wasn’t the first time demolition crews left bricks, mortar and pieces of metal in the water.

Now, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has ordered contractors to clean up the mess it made in a river that provides drinking water for 5 million people and serves as the recreational play area for thousands of boaters, tubing children and jet skiers during the summer.

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Debris in the Ohio River at the former Beckjord coal plant on April 20, 2021.

In an April 15 compliance letter to MCM Management Corp., the federal agency ordered the company to submit a clean-up plan by the end of April and…

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