Press Releases

Press Releases

July 2, 2015
The Ohio Environmental Council is praising Ohio Governor John Kasich for a veto he issued while signing the state's new two-year operating budget. Gov. Kasich struck down a controversial provision that could have increased customers’ electric bills. The budget provision would have stuck Ohioan’s with the tab for property taxes assessed on electric generating power plants, which totaled $72 million last year.
Contact: Jack Shaner
June 29, 2015
As Ohio Gov. John Kasich prepares to approve the state's new two-year operating budget, the Ohio Environmental Council is asking him to veto a half dozen provisions it says are not in the public interest. "Without warning or debate, lawmakers ladled on several anti-environment riders. With the stroke of his pen, Gov. Kasich can stand up for lawmaking in the public interest and punish lawmaking by the special interests," said Jack Shaner, OEC Interim Executive Director. 
Contact: Jack Shaner
June 12, 2015
Today the administrations of Ohio, Michigan, and Ontario announced a joint commitment to prevent toxic algae in Lake Erie from contaminating people’s drinking water and threatening the lake’s $12.9 billion tourism industry. In a statement made at a gathering of Great Lakes state governors and Canadian provincial premiers in Quebec City, Quebec, the states and province signaled their willingness to reduce phosphorus entering the western basin by 40% by 2025. Under the agreement, roughly half of that goal, 18-20 percent, would be met by 2018.
Contact: Adam Rissien, MS
June 4, 2015
Toxic chemicals linked to impaired learning, behavioral changes, and cancer
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
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
April 2, 2015
While the bill makes strides to reduce western Lake Erie’s harmful algae, more needs to be done
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

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