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March 6, 2014“The project proposes to dredge sediment in depths of feet, but sampling was only conducted to a depth of inches,” Johnson wrote in a letter to the Army Corps. He also noted that soil samples were collected from the center of the river channel, but not the edges.
March 4, 2014The Corps remains blissfully confident that the "dredged material meets Federal contaminant determination guidelines," even though the Ohio Environmental Council argues such a proposal "needlessly [puts] Ohioans' health and the health of Lake Erie at risk from toxic pollutants."
March 1, 2014“The state is not telling the drillers what to do, it’s telling them you need to fill out a report telling us what you did,” Johnson said.
February 25, 2014“It’s a terrible idea,” said attorney Nathan Johnson from the eco-group. “It could increase toxicity in Lake Erie fish. It’s just a bad idea.”
February 17, 2014"Our state government should not be frittering valuable time and taxpayer money on a PR campaign designed to 'neutralize' legitimate concerns about impacts to public lands and public health and safety from fracking in our state parks and forests," Nathan Johnson, staff attorney for the Ohio Environmental Council, said in a released statement. "The ODNR should be an impartial watchdog, not an industry cheerleader.
February 13, 2014Jack Shaner of the Ohio Environmental Council said that if 2 percent was “puny” — borrowing a term used by Gov. John Kasich when describing the original bill — “then is 2.25 a steroid injection?”
February 9, 2014Excessive exhaust fumes can cause air pollution, which can exacerbate health conditions such as asthma in children and heart and lung problems in senior citizens, said Keith Dimoff of the Ohio Environmental Council.
February 4, 2014Kristy Meyer is with the Ohio Environmental Council. She says massive water withdrawals are bad for Ohio’s algae-clogged shoreline. And that could be bad for the shoreline in Northern New York. As we see more and more withdrawals that are uncontrolled in Ohio, it could mean more harmful algal blooms coming down your way. It could also mean less water for your hydropower and so forth…
Ohio EPA, health officials dismiss radioactive threat from fracking; other states studying health risks in waste
January 27, 2014Jack Shaner, a lobbyist for the Ohio Environmental Council, said he hopes the Ohio legislature will strengthen radiation and shale-waste standards, using a bill that’s intended to update the state’s 24-year-old landfill laws.
January 27, 2014They say fast-tracking some permit requests and trying too hard to help the operations prevent close examination of local concerns about air and water pollution from refineries and the fracking process that frees the gas. Ohio Environmental Council lobbyist Jack Shaner said the state is putting the industry over its concerned citizens. "Ohio has bent over backward to accommodate this industry and run roughshod over citizen rights to know and comment on the impact to their air and water quality," he said.