Archive for March 6th, 2017

Beryllium Ore
Brush Wellman / Good Neighbor Campaigns

Trump’s regulatory freeze is keeping workers exposed to this toxic material

WASHINGTON, DC — “For decades, the government worked with private industry to cover up a danger to blue-collar workers. The effort had to do with a toxic metal that was used in military and aerospace applications including nuclear weapons. Even today, the substance, beryllium, is still used in electronics, home […]

Phragmites are being replaced gradually by native plants at the 691-acre Mentor Marsh on Thursday, June 29, 2016. Federal dollars made available through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the Sustain Our Great Lakes Initiative of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation are helping restore the marsh to its natural state. (Credit: Thomas Ondrey, The Plain Dealer)
Great Lakes / Water Quality

Great Lakes Restoration slated to drop from $300 million to $10 million: Cleveland Congress members promise to fight cuts

WASHINGTON, DC — “Congress members from the Cleveland area pledged Friday to fight any effort by President Donald Trump to gut the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s budget for Great Lakes cleanup. A leaked draft of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2018 budget proposal indicates the Trump administration intends to suggest cutting […]

Lake Erie (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)
Great Lakes / Water Quality

Trump budget virtually kills Great Lakes initiative

TOLEDO — “To the dismay of many Toledo-area officials and environmental groups, the Trump Administration is trying to kill all but 3 percent of funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The program has been used for everything from helping Toledo avoid another algae-induced water crisis […]

Solar jobs up, coal jobs down in Ohio, West Virginia
Energy / Renewable Energy

Solar jobs up, coal jobs down in Ohio, West Virginia

WHEELING, WV — “West Virginia lost 7,296 coal mining jobs from 2012 to 2015, the same period during which the number working in the solar power industry across the U.S. nearly doubled. As West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania continue losing coal jobs, the number of solar power workers jumped by […]

Crain’s editorial: Power play
Energy / FirstEnergy

Crain’s editorial: Power play

CLEVELAND — “There’s no doubt FirstEnergy Corp. finds itself in a serious financial crunch. But Ohio legislators should proceed with caution when it comes to the Akron company’s desire for so-called “zero emission credits” (ZEC) for its nuclear plants in the state. FirstEnergy reported a loss of $6.2 billion, or […]