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Ohio lawmakers recommend halting state's renewable energy, efficiency mandates

September 30, 2015
Trish Demeter, the Ohio Environmental Council's managing director of energy and clean air projects, said the recommendations are "very crafty" because it appears lawmakers are keeping the standards...

Report Cites Health Benefits of Clean Energy Standards

September 16, 2015
Ohioans will suffer fewer asthma attacks and miss less work if the state unfreezes its clean energy standards, according to a new report commissioned by several environmental advocacy groups. The...

Waukesha's Great Lakes water grab should sink without a ripple: editorial

September 3, 2015
The Waukesha diversion – if referred by Wisconsin and approved by the Conference and ultimately by the Compact -- will set a precedent and "will be the death of the Great Lakes by a thousand straws...

FirstEnergy ‘bailout’ hearing in Ohio starts Monday

August 28, 2015
“The Clean Power Plan is really a signal to policymakers to end unnecessary coal subsidies, which is exactly what the coal bailout would be,” said Brennan Howell at the Ohio Environmental Council.

Supporters of Issue 1 say redistricting change to promote ‘fair elections’

August 27, 2015
“As environmental advocates, we find ourselves often facing legislative battles and policy changes that we know to be out of step with what Ohioans want,” said Hannah Tyler of the Environmental...

Drs. Roizen and Oz: Senate may ratify legislation to repeal meat's County of Origin Labeling Act

August 25, 2015
It's starting to sink in with a lot of people that fracking's practice of pumping tons of toxic liquid chemicals into the ground at extremely high pressure may have long-term, far-reaching effects on...

Should swimming be banned when Lake Erie water is unsafe? Toxic algae policies differ across Ohio.

August 24, 2015
Last year, Lake Erie's algae problems attracted international attention after toxins detected in Toledo's drinking water left the city without safe water for three days. Most of that attention;...

U.S. EPA releases plan to curtail methane emissions from oil, gas wells, pipelines, processing plants, storage facilities

August 19, 2015
“We know that people living in oil and gas country in Ohio are particularly vulnerable to health problems from air pollution,” said Melanie Houston of the Ohio Environmental Council. “The methane...

Ohio wildlife area may be first mined since court ruling

August 16, 2015
Nathan Johnson, a lawyer for the Ohio Environmental Council, an advocacy group, criticized the plan. “Strip mining means the total destruction of the land,” he said. “In this case, it means the...

Environmentalists fear launch of strip mining in Ohio state wildlife area

August 10, 2015
“Strip mining means the total destruction of the land,” said Nathan Johnson, lawyer for the Ohio Environmental Council, an advocacy group.