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Lead Contamination Poses Hazards Far Beyond Flint

January 29, 2016
Municipal officials did not return phone calls seeking comment Thursday. But Melanie Houston, director of water policy at the Ohio Environmental Council, said the problems in Sebring shows the need...

Toledo City Council considers resolution to declare Lake Erie 'impaired'

January 27, 2016
Declaring it impaired would bring a process that would identify all the sources contributing the algae-causing pollution, mainly phosphorus, into western Lake Erie," said Adam Rissien, agricultural...

Farmers step up to reduce fertilizer runoff and toxic algae in Lake Erie

January 21, 2016
More than 350 farmers from Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana have applied for funds from the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, according to Adam Rissien, director of agriculture and water policy...

Ratepayer advocates say ‘everyone is unhappy’ with Ohio electric market

January 21, 2016
“An open and fair process [for any review] is critical to ensuring Ohioans’ right to breathe clean air,” said Trish Demeter of the Ohio Environmental Council. “We should scrutinize their decisions to...

Ohio has few checks for natural-gas storage leaks

January 14, 2016
“That’s kind of the scary thing about it, and the thing that allows it to go under the radar, is that you can’t see this when it’s leaking,” said Melanie Houston, director of water policy and...

Critics say proposed state rules would allow companies to harm streams, wetlands

January 11, 2016
“Basically, that’s a rubber stamp, in my estimation,” said Nathan Johnson, a lawyer for the advocacy group Ohio Environmental Council. “There’s really little to no oversight.”

Fracking research collaborative cuts across state lines

December 18, 2015
State lawmakers, with the collaborative's advice, should also set high environmental standards for the industry, said Melanie Houston, director of water policy and environmental health with the Ohio...

Fracking research collaborative cuts across state lines

December 18, 2015
State lawmakers, with the collaborative's advice, should also set high environmental standards for the industry, said Melanie Houston, director of water policy and environmental health with the Ohio...

Forum gets input on tighter limits on methane, other chemicals released by the oil and gas industry

December 9, 2015
Ohio has rules concerning emissions of volatile organic compounds, but the proposed federal rules go further by including methane. Last year, the oil and gas industry released 13,000 metric tons of...

Ohioans support tougher air pollution standards on oil and gas operations

December 1, 2015
In Ohio, 1.5 million people live in areas where ozone levels exceed national clean air standards—areas that also contain more than 8,500 oil and gas wells. The people breathing air in these areas...

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