Press Releases

Press Releases

April 16, 2014
Product take backs happening across the country as consumer pressure on retailers escalates Cleveland, OH-Concerned parents and health professionals descended on the Walgreens in Shaker Heights today, saying the company should be doing more to reduce the sale of products containing toxic chemicals.
April 14, 2014
Ohio EPA Denies Army Corps' Request to Dump Toxic Sediments into Lake Erie In a victory for clean water, the Ohio EPA today denied a request by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps) to dispose of contaminated sediments dredged from the Cuyahoga River and Cleveland Harbor into the open waters of Lake Erie.  “The Ohio Environmental Council (OEC) applauds Ohio EPA for taking a strong stance against the Corps’ misguided plan and for protecting the health of Lake Erie, the public, and shoreline economies,” said Nathan Johnson, Attorney for the Ohio Environmental Council.
April 11, 2014
ODNR orders drillers to stop, look and listen The Ohio Department of Natural Resources sent shock waves across the nation today when it concluded that the fracturing, or "fracking," of a horizontal gas well last month in Poland Township near Youngstown may have caused a series of small earthquakes nearby. To prevent future earthquakes related to oil and gas activity, state regulators moved quickly, ordering that new drilling operations deploy sensitive seismic monitors in areas with known faults or past seismic activity.
Contact: Jack Shaner
April 4, 2014
What you can't see can hurt you. That's why the Ohio Environmental Council  is praising the Kasich administration for new state controls announced today to stop the leak of "fugitive" air emissions from oil and gas wells.  The new general permit will require oil and gas operators to regularly inspect valves, connectors, and other equipment at horizontal oil and gas production wells for invisible leaks of volatile organic compounds (VOC's).  Under the new rule, if a VOC leak is detected, the operator must quickly repair it. 
Contact: Jack Shaner
April 2, 2014
Conservation groups are urging the Obama Administration and U.S. Congress to maintain their focus on a permanent, long-term solution to an invasive species crisis that is putting communities, businesses, and industry at risk. The groups submitted comments yesterday to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in response to the agency’s congressionally mandated study outlining ways to prevent the transfer of invasive organisms between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins.
April 1, 2014
The Ohio Association of Professional Fire Fighters, Columbus Fire Fighters Local 67, and the Ohio Environmental Council are joining forces in calling attention to chemical fire retardants and their relationship to increasing cancer rates in fire fighters and health problems in children.
March 21, 2014
Is your university gear in the running for national MTP (Most Toxic Product) status? Recent product testing has uncovered sports fan gear laced with toxic chemicals, including items with team logos from The Ohio State University and the University of Cincinnati. Conducted by the Ecology Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan as a part of the HealthyStuff.org initiative, the project tested for the presence of harmful chemicals in 65 university-themed products from 19 universities.
March 19, 2014
Ohio Governor John Kasich is receiving high praise from conservation and environmental groups for his proposal to invest in land and water conservation projects across the state. The funding is part of the Governor’s proposed capital improvements budget, introduced at the Statehouse on Tuesday.
Contact: Jack Shaner
March 18, 2014
Funding targeted to help keep Lake Erie safe from dirty dredge material from shipping harbors (Columbus, OH)--The Ohio Environmental Council is praising Ohio Gov. John Kasich  and Senator Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green) for their proposal announced today to invest $10M to in efforts to protect Lake Erie from toxic-laced dredge material from the mouth of the Toledo Harbor and other shipping channels.
Contact: Kristy Meyer, MS
March 17, 2014
Associated Press investigation reports mounting expired coal mining water permits COLUMBUS, Ohio – Today, the Ohio Environmental Council and the Sierra Club sent a letter asking the federal Environmental Protection Agency to require the Ohio EPA to act on 20 expired coal-mining Clean Water Act permits.

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