Requested Changes to HB 490

December 5, 2014
As outlined in our testimony to the Senate Agriculture Committee, the OEC respectfully requests the following urgent revisions to HB 490 (As Passed by the House). Thank  you for your consideration. 1. Oil and Gas - Penalties Request:

Interested Party Testimony of Jack Shaner, Deputy Director, Ohio Environmental Council Substitute House Bill 490 (As Passed by the House)

December 4, 2014
Chairman Hite, Vice-Chair Balderson, Ranking Minority Member Gentile, and Members of the Ohio Senate Agriculture Committee: Thank you for this opportunity to testify on Sub. House Bill 490 (As Passed by the House), the mid-budget review for ODAg, ODNR, and OEPA. My name is Jack Shaner, and I am Deputy Director for the Ohio Environmental Council. The OEC appears today as an Interested Party, with strong support for several provisions in the bill but vigorous opposition to others.

Two Draft Amendments Suggested in OEC Dec. 3, 2015 Testimony

December 4, 2014
Draft Amendment - Oil + Gas Chemical Information

Comments Submitted by Ohio Environmental Council on the US EPA's Clean Power Plan

November 20, 2014
The United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (US EPA) Clean Power Plan, proposed on June 2, 2014, is a significant first step in preventing a future that scientists predict will include more intense and more frequent heat waves, droughts, extreme weather events and algal blooms. The proposed carbon pollution reductions in Ohio will help ensure our state is not contributing to what would otherwise be a global catastrophe, with substantial local impacts.

Sub. HB 490 (As Reported by House Ag + Natural Resources Committee) - Ag, DNR, EPA

November 19, 2014
Here is a brief summary of several important changes made by the House to HB 490, the Administration's MBR for ODAg, ODNR and OEPA. The OEC remains an Interested Party on Sub. HB 490, strongly supporting some provisions while strongly opposing others. We thank Chairman Hall and his Committee for the positive changes and urge the House to accept them.

Green Watch Summer/ Fall 2014

October 1, 2014
In this issue: Clean water victory! Fracking fire highlights gaps in Ohio law        Behind the Toledo water crisis Reclaiming Ohio's clean energy future Join us for Green Gala 2014  

Testimony of the Ohio Environmental Council RE: Ohio EPA’s 2014 Modification of the 401 WQC for the NWPs

September 9, 2014
My name is Nathan Johnson.  I serve as an attorney for the Ohio Environmental Council, (“OEC”), a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to securing healthy air, land, and water for all who call Ohio home.

Lake Erie Caucus Algae Forum: Testimony of Adam Rissien, OEC Director of Agricultural &Water Policy

August 15, 2014
The Ohio Environmental Council offers our sincere thanks to Co-Chairs Senators Randy Gardner and Capri Cafaro and Representatives Chris Redfern and Mike DoVilla, and all of the Lake Erie Caucus members for convening today’s event to hear how we can prevent another water crisis in Toledo that caused nearly half a million people to shut off their tap water because it was too toxic to drink or use to bathe. 

Action Agenda for Securing a Safe Drinking Water Supply

August 6, 2014
Alliance for the Great Lakes *  —American Rivers * —Environment Ohio —* Freshwater Future * —Lake Erie Charter Boat Association —* Lake Erie Waterkeeper Inc. —* Ohio Environmental Council —* National Wildlife Federation —* Sierra Club