Water Pollution

Ohio EPA Water Quality and Public Hearing

Ohio EPA is holding a public information session and hearing regarding issues of poor water quality in Ohio. This hearing will end when all people interested in speaking have had an opportunity to provide testimony. All interested are entitled to attend, and give written or oral comments. The purpose of the hearing is to obtain additional information that will be considered prior to any further action on the application...of the draft Clean Water Act, section 401

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Under seldom-used law, Congress reverses Obama environmental rule affecting coal mining

The rule would have imposed more stream monitoring and testing before, during and after mining projects. Operators would be expected to detect and correct any ecological problem that arises using that data.

The rule also would have held financially accountable any company that seriously degrades downstream water quality or fails to adequately reconstruct streams.

It Need a Regional Agreement that Does Too?

Over the past few months, our Headwaters series has been exploring the future of the Ohio River. And many say that to transform the river’s longstanding reputation as a “working river,” we’ll need better cooperation across state lines. For years, regional, multi-state agreements have been used to regulate the use of water and coordinate water quality efforts in places like the Chesapeake Bay watershed and the Great Lakes. So we asked the Ohio Environmental Council’s Kristy Meyer to paint us a picture of how that might work in the Ohio River Basin...

Gutting Stream Protection Rule puts coal company profits above Ohioans’ right to safe drinking water

"Updates to the critical Stream Protection Rule would have protected clean water and held large coal companies accountable whenever they polluted or destroyed small streams. Stopping this rule threatens the quality of our drinking water, and favors corporate polluters over people across Ohio and this country."

"The health of small streams is essential to safe drinking water. Approximately, 90 percent of Ohioans rely on rivers and streams for their drinking water. In Southeast Ohio, over 200,000 people get their drinking water from the small streams this rule would have covered."

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