“Both the township and the city are hopeful that Dovetail will work cooperatively and in good faith with U.S. EPA and Ohio EPA to amicably resolve this matter as quickly as possible,” the release said.
Dovetail’s parent company Renergy operates the biodigester at 1156 Herr Road in Bath Twp. outside Fairborn. Anaerobic digesters are enclosed facilities in which manure and food waste is stored to produce fertilizer and methane gas, which is used to power neighboring homes. The electricity produced by Dovetail is publicly distributed through FirstEnergy.
Renergy officials said the threat of litigation “impedes the success of renewable energy and sustainable farming in Ohio” and is “nothing more than a bullying tactic” from the township.
“Renergy encourages the Bath Twp. trustees to accept our invitation to visit our facility and to work with us for the improvement of this community instead of wasting taxpayer dollars on more frivolous litigation that will be dismissed by our courts,” COO Cari Oberfield said.
The Ohio Court of Appeals recently upheld a Greene County court ruling stating the Dovetail biodigester was a public utility, and not subject to township zoning regulations. A class action lawsuit against Renergy is pending in Greene County.