Press Releases

Press Releases

April 9, 2015
In the spirit of National Public Health Week, Ohio public health advocates and area parents gathered at a Walgreens store in Columbus to spotlight children’s products containing dangerous levels of toxic ingredients found on the shelves of Walgreens.
April 7, 2015
"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."
Contact: Jack Shaner
April 2, 2015
While the bill makes strides to reduce western Lake Erie’s harmful algae, more needs to be done
April 2, 2015
Today is an important day for Lake Erie and the millions of people who rely upon it for drinking water, jobs, and recreation. For today marks more solid progress in the continuing effort to safeguard our Great Lake from the annual menace of toxic algae. For the first time in Ohio -- and to the best of our knowledge, for the first time in any Great Lake state:
Contact: Jack Shaner
March 25, 2015
OEC praises General Assembly and Gov. Kasich, calls for next steps Today the Ohio House of Representatives gave final approval to legislation (Senate Bill 1) that makes great strides in protecting western Lake Erie from toxic algae and the threats it poses to people’s drinking water and the lake’s $12.9 billion dollar tourism industry.  The Ohio Senate is expected to promptly approve the bill and send it to Governor Kasich for his signature.
Contact: Adam Rissien, MS
March 10, 2015
OEC cites enforcement loopholes The Ohio House of Representatives today approved a measure (Substitute House Bill 61) to reduce farm field runoff of fertilizer and livestock manure into the western basin of Lake Erie. Among other provisions, the bill restricts applications of manure and fertilizer to frozen, snow-covered, and saturated ground, as well as when the weather forecast calls for heavy rain.
Contact: Adam Rissien, MS
February 25, 2015
Environmental advocates applaud PUCO's rejection of AEP-Ohio's proposal to bail out dirty coal-fired power plants Today, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) rejected major aspects of American Electric Power's (AEP) controversial rate plan, which would have given the utility a green light to charge customers millions of dollars to keep two dirty, expensive coal plants in operation.
February 19, 2015
While Munroe Falls’ specific ordinance was held to violate ODNR’s state-wide oil and gas permitting authority, the issue of local zoning to protect local communities is not dead in Ohio.  “It’s obviously a bad result for the City of Munroe Falls, but the Court made great efforts to limit its ruling to ONLY this particular case," said Trent Dougherty, OEC Managing Director of Legal Affairs.
February 17, 2015
OFU and OEC Say Further Action Needed Senate Bill 1, the “Clean Lake Erie” bill passed the Senate Agriculture Committee today with much needed protections that had broad support, but are still temporary and come with several exemptions. “We certainly support the provisions in SB 1 that protect western Lake Erie by restricting the timing and placement of manure and fertilizer applications. Farmers can lose valuable nutrients by applying them when the ground is frozen, snow-covered and saturated,” said Joe Logan, President of the Ohio Farmers Union.
Contact: Adam Rissien, MS
February 12, 2015
Calls for Improvements and Further Steps Today marked another step forward toward reducing the threat from toxic algae that shut down Toledo’s drinking water last summer. House Bill 61, introduced by Representatives Jim Buchy, (R-Greenville) and Dave Hall (R-Millersburg), would, in part, limit applications of fertilizer and manure on frozen, snow-covered, and saturated ground, as well as when the weather forecast calls for heavy rain.
Contact: Adam Rissien, MS

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