OEC In the News

Keep up with media coverage of the OEC and the issues that are important to you.

Latta bill seeks to ban open lake dumping in the Great Lakes

April 23, 2015
"Representative Latta is right to declare an end to the open-season of dumping dredged sediments into Lake Erie," said Kristy Meyer, managing director of Agricultural, Health & Clean Water Programs for the Ohio Environmental Council. "Dumping sediments into the open waters of the Great Lakes is an archaic practice. If these sediments are clean enough to dump into the Lakes, then they are clean enough to reuse for beneficial purposes."

Spring rains taking fertilizer to toxic algae in Ohio lakes

April 13, 2015
“If everything stays the same, we’ll probably have a pretty average year, although why should we be OK with the harmful algal blooms that we had last year?” said Kristy Meyer, managing director of agricultural, health and clean-water programs at the Ohio Environmental Council, an advocacy group.

Treatment plants to track algal bloom indicator

April 13, 2015
Many wastewater treatment plants are monitored now for total phosphorus, but the dissolved phosphorus monitoring requirement is new, said Kristy Meyer, managing director for agricultural, health and clean water programs at the Ohio Environmental Council. Dissolved reactive phosphorus, also known as soluble reactive phosphorus, is defined as the phosphorus that is 100 percent available for a plant to use, she said. Dissolved reactive phosphorus amounts have been closely identified with the size of harmful algal blooms, she explained.

State Sues Army Corps over Cleveland Harbor Dredging Plan

April 8, 2015
Also responding was Ohio Environmental Council (OEC) Deputy Director Jack Shaner: "We applaud Gov. Kasich for fighting back against the Army Corps' attempt to take the Cleveland area hostage on the issue of open lake disposal. The Army Corps is obligated to pay for the safe disposal of the toxic Cuyahoga River sediments that it dredges. The ultimatum issued by the corps -- that Cleveland choose either environmental safety or economic security, but not both -- is unlawful and unjust. The OEC fully supports the Kasich administration's legal challenge."

Ohio Law Intended to Protect Lake Erie From Toxic Algal Blooms; More Steps Needed

April 3, 2015
“I believe Ohio is the first to pass an actual state law. Other states have rules of some sort or another, with varying levels of enforcement,” Adam Rissien, director of agricultural and water policy at the Ohio Environmental Council, told Bloomberg BNA. “This is another step forward.” The law was praised by water quality advocates, although they criticized it for only addressing the timing of fertilizer application rather than the amount of fertilizer applied.

Bakken oil trains roll across Columbus

March 29, 2015
“If it could happen in these other places. It could surely happen right here in Ohio,” said Melanie Houston, director of water policy and environmental health for the Ohio Environmental Council, an environmental advocacy group. “It could happen in a rural area, but it could also happen in a highly populated metropolitan area like Columbus.”

Ohio lawmakers pass bill to clean up Lake Erie

March 25, 2015
Jack Shaner, deputy director for the Ohio Environmental Council, said that Ohio’s state government made “solid progress” in cleaning up Lake Erie by passing the bill, which was shepherded through the Ohio House and Ohio Senate by the two houses’ Republican leaders, but which enjoyed bipartisan support. Shaner said Kasich helped make sure the bill would be strong enough to help deal with the problem.

No Fracking in State Parks, Ohio House Democrats and Republicans Surprisingly Agree

March 19, 2015
“Despite its best efforts, industry was stonewalled from snorkeling through state parks,” said Trent Dougherty of the Ohio Environmental Council. “OEC testified against the bill in late February, citing, among other concerns, the bill’s overreaching impact to state protected forests and parks. Tuesday’s amendment addressed some of our major concerns. We would have desired no bill approving unitization on public lands, and on the other side, industry wanted to force ODNR to allow drilling units to include all public owned lands in the state—no questions asked.

Some fighting state proposal on disclosure of fracking chemicals

March 13, 2015
“We have a legitimate cause for concern is how I would put it, given the handling of the Monroe County incident and the chemical fire there, and ODNR holding onto chemical information and not sharing it in a timely manner with other agencies that needed it,” said Melanie Houston, director of water policy and environmental health for the Ohio Environmental Council, an advocacy group.

Ohio towns play wait-and-see in wake of drilling ruling

March 10, 2015
The small towns and villages may have a better chance of controlling drilling by using more conventional legal doctrines, said Nathan Johnson and Trent Doughterty, attorneys with the Ohio Environmental Council. The Supreme Court’s wording on zoning may give towns a chance to defend their bans, as long as they’re couched as land-use decisions and not an attempt to regulate drilling, Dougherty said. Also, Ohio law allows communities to protect their water sources, even outside their boundaries, Johnson said.