Industrial Strength: How the U.S. Government hid fracking’s risks to drinking water Industrial Strength: How the U.S. Government hid fracking’s risks to drinking water
High Manganese levels in kids in East Liverpool linked to lower IQ ZEROZLIN / FLICKR
Ohio needs a clean energy future, not a no-strings-attached bailout The Davis Besse nuclear plant is among those covered by a proposed FirstEnergy settlement. 
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A new green future is building on Lake Erie A 90-foot barge is used to extract soil samples and perform pressure tests in Lake Erie, where Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation plans to erect six wind turbines next year. (Photo by Mort Tucker/LeedCo)
Ohio's Clean Energy Future Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) vetoed legislation last year to halt the state's renewable portfolio standard. State lawmakers are trying to stop it again (Credit: Marc Nozell/Flickr).

War over Ohio clean energy standards heats up — again

COLUMBUS — “The Ohio General Assembly is tussling yet again over the Buckeye State’s clean energy standards. Industrial groups, fossil fuel interests and conservative groups are leading a push for the Legislature to relax Ohio’s renewable and energy efficiency standards. They maintain the current requirements are costly, market-distorting mandates. But […]

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  You’ll find it at Ohio Citizen Action. This is the chance to roll up your sleeves and make a difference. You’ll get to know the environmental issues and the people they affect in our area. Here, you can really put your values into action by earning a living and […]

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Your donations provide support for research, community organizing, and lobbying for campaigns including giving Ohioans the right-to-know and the right to say no about hydrofracking in our state, moving Ohio away from its reliance on dirty coal-fired power plants, and “good neighbor campaigns” in which neighbors of polluting facilities have […]

Victory Clean air victory!

Clean air victory!

Today we learned we have won our lawsuit against U.S. EPA for failure to update air pollution limits within an eight-year timeframe, as required by the federal Clean Air Act. We sued on behalf of two members and many other Ohio communities suffering from toxic air emissions from facilities including […]

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The Kayford Mine near Charleston, West Virginia (Credit: Dennis Dimick / FLICKR).
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

A troubling look at the human toll of mountaintop removal mining

NEW HAVEN, CT — “The devastating environmental impacts of mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia have long been well documented. But over the last decade, Indiana University researcher Michael Hendryx has been examining another consequence of this form of coal surface mining that had previously been overlooked: the health impacts on […]

Chemical plant owners urged to prepare for worst-case flooding
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Chemical plant owners urged to prepare for worst-case flooding

U.S. Chemical Safety Board says facilities, especially in Gulf of Mexico coast, need to ready for extreme weather events WASHINGTON, DC — “The U.S. Chemical Safety Board is warning that many industrial sites where hazardous materials are stored may not be adequately prepared for extreme weather events. A dayslong chemical fire […]

Industrial Strength: How the U.S. Government hid fracking’s risks to drinking water
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Industrial Strength: How the U.S. Government hid fracking’s risks to drinking water

A pivotal EPA study provided the rationale for exemptions that helped unleash the fracking boom. The science was suppressed to protect industry interest WASHINGTON, DC — “For …all those who believe their water has been tainted by fracking, there are few remedies. Congress took away the most powerful one in 2005, […]

Rumpke landfill expansion surface water quality permit hearing held at Fernald Preserve
Rumpke Landfill

Rumpke landfill expansion surface water quality permit hearing held at Fernald Preserve

CROSBY TOWNSHIP — On November 13, some twenty-five people attended the Ohio EPA hearing on Rumpke’s request to allow further degradation of surface water quality in the quest to nearly double their flagship landfill. OEPA representatives pointed out that in their estimation, the degradation would still comply with state water quality […]

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Coal Ash / Duke Energy

Emails reveal how Duke edited scientific reports on coal ash, coordinated with advisory board chair

CHARLOTTE, NC — “Emails and documents obtained by WBTV show senior officials at Duke Energy edited reports prepared by at least one professor hired by the company to prepare independent scientific reports related to the impact of coal ash ponds on groundwater. The documents also show a second professor, Dr. […]

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Eramet / Good Neighbor Campaigns

High Manganese levels in kids in East Liverpool linked to lower IQ

PITTSBURGH, PA — “A new study shows kids with higher levels of the metal manganese in their bodies have lower IQ scores. The study, published in the journal NeuroToxicology, looked at about 100 children between the ages of 7 to 9 in East Liverpool, Ohio. The town is about 40 miles […]

Duke Energy / Energy / Fixed Rate Hikes

44 Duke customers speak out against fixed rate increase

CINCINNATI — Retirees, solar industry professionals, engineers, people on the PIP (utility assistance) program and many others told their stories to PUCO regulators last week, as they agency weighs Duke’s proposed fixed rate hike. Their stories differed, but their message was clear- no rate hike. Colerain Township resident Rich McVay pointed […]

The Davis Besse nuclear plant is among those covered by a proposed FirstEnergy settlement. 
Photo by Marc Haserodt / Creative Commons
Energy / FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

Ohio needs a clean energy future, not a no-strings-attached bailout

AKRON — “It’s understandable that FirstEnergy’s hometown newspaper, the Akron Beacon Journal, supports its own utility monopoly. Yet justifying that support and advocating for FirstEnergy’s proposed nuclear bailout on environmental grounds is a surprise…and misdirected. FirstEnergy’s proposal merely is yet another attempt to force customers to prop up its uneconomic power plants. […]

A 90-foot barge is used to extract soil samples and perform pressure tests in Lake Erie, where Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation plans to erect six wind turbines next year. (Photo by Mort Tucker/LeedCo)
Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

A new green future is building on Lake Erie

Cleveland is on track to lead a nascent offshore wind industry in the U.S., creating clean energy and jobs for a city in need of both CLEVELAND — “Lorry Wagner has spent more than a decade attempting to convince the world that Cleveland has all the ingredients to be a giant […]

Dying from war, smoking, hunger & natural disasters turns out to be nothing compared to deaths from pollution, which kills nine million people a year.
Air Quality / Energy

Pollution kills more people than anything else

NEW YORK, NY — “The most comprehensive report to date on the health effects of environmental pollution shows that filthy air, contaminated water and other polluted parts of our environment kill more people worldwide each year than almost everything else combined – smoking, hunger, natural disasters, war, murder, AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. It’s no wonder then […]