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.
March 25, 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.
March 10, 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 25, 2015
Contact: Trent Dougherty, Esq.
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 19, 2015
Contact: Nathan Johnson, Esq.
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.
February 17, 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.
February 12, 2015
Gardner previews prompt hearings next month to clamp down on nutrient runoff The Ohio Environmental Council is praising today's announcement by Ohio Senate Republican leaders, led by Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina), to fast track legislation to attack the flow of the nutrients that feed toxic algae blooms in the western basin of Lake Erie.
January 28, 2015
Contact: Jack Shaner
The following statement can be attributed to OEC Deputy Director Jack Shaner, a member of the advisory panel to the Ohio Department of Transportation's Statewide Transit Needs Study: Credit ODOT Director Jerry Wray for commissioning this comprehensive review of Ohio's public transit needs. See the study "Findings Snapshot" released yesterday.
January 2, 2015
Contact: Jack Shaner
What: Helped defeat HB 490, which would have put first responders at risk A coalition of environmental organizations, community organizing groups and concerned citizens including health professionals and first responders mobilized to help defeat HB 490, killing it in the Ohio Senate Agriculture Committee before it could move to the floor for a vote.
December 18, 2014
Contact: Melanie Houston, MS
Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council (SOPEC) uses Ohio Community Choice Law to get more than just low electric prices for ratepayers, prioritizes economic development and the environment Today, a local community in Southeast Ohio made huge strides in growing jobs, addressing climate change and stabilizing residents' utility bills - all with the stroke of a pen on what would otherwise be pretty mundane electricity supply contracts.
December 17, 2014
Contact: Trish Demeter