Archive for September, 2017

The list of diseases linked to air pollution is growing
Uncategorized

The list of diseases linked to air pollution is growing

As governments decide what to do about air quality, studies connect an array of health problems to dirty air DONORA, PA — “To the residents of Donora, Pa., a mill town in a crook of the Monongahela River, the daily haze from nearby zinc and steel plants was the price […]

Using the E.P.A. to prop up Big Coal
Coal / Energy

Using the E.P.A. to prop up Big Coal

NEW YORK, NY — “The Trump administration is unflinching in its misbegotten campaign to protect the coal industry from what has become an obvious and inevitable decline. Eight months in, the administration has already killed, or is in the process of killing, rules that would prevent the dumping of coal mining […]

Women in areas where mercury is used in small-scale gold mining had some of the most extreme levels of contamination (Credit: Edgard Garrido/Reuters).
Environmental Justice

Women of childbearing age around world suffering toxic levels of mercury

Study finds excessive levels of the metal, which can seriously harm unborn children, in women from Alaska to Indonesia, due to gold mining, industrial pollution, and fish-rich diets NEW YORK, NY — “Women of childbearing age from around the world have been found to have high levels of mercury, a […]

Cliff Hite, state senator from Findlay, Ohio.
Energy

Senator seeks to ease wind setback rules

COLUMBUS — “Arguing that Ohio is losing millions in potential business investment, state Sen. Cliff Hite (R., Findlay) introduced a bill Thursday to loosen property setback restrictions imposed three years ago on the siting of new wind farms. ‘We’re trying to make this so that those who want wind projects can […]

Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund collects its first vehicle donation through the CARS program
Ohio Citizen Action / Vehicle Donation

Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund collects its first vehicle donation through the CARS program

Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund collects its first vehicle donation through the CARS program on 9-8-17. Thanks to Ed Rush and Julia Mace of Cincinnati for their generous donation. For more information about donating your used car, truck, boat or RV, visit https://www.careasy.org/nonprofit/ohio-citizen-action-education-fund.

For the second month in a row, natural gas beat coal as the main source of U.S. electricity generation, accounting for 35.2 percent of supplies in August, a government report showed.
Coal

U.S. delays limits on toxic metals from coal-fired power plants

WASHINGTON, DC — “U.S. regulators on Wednesday postponed until 2020 new limits on toxic metals and other pollutants in the wastewater of coal-fired power plants, a delay welcomed by industry groups that had sought it but decried by environmental groups. The Environmental Protection Agency’s move ‘resets the clock’ for the effluent […]

Climate Change

Cartoon by Joel W. Pett, an American Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist for the Lexington Herald-Leader.

In Harvey’s wake, critics see big money behind lax petrochemical reporting
Right-to-Know / Water Quality

In Harvey’s wake, critics see big money behind lax petrochemical reporting

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, an exploding chemical plant and spikes in cancer-causing emissions are highlighting how little the public knows about potential dangers from the oil and chemical industries. Critics say one reason for the darkness: tons of campaign money. HOUSTON, TX — “Unlike any past storm — […]

Ohio and Michigan leading the way in clean energy jobs
Renewable Energy

Ohio and Michigan leading the way in clean energy jobs

TOLEDO — “The number of American workers holding clean energy jobs will soon pass 600,000, and Ohio and Michigan are home to a large portion of the workforce, according to a report released Thursday. The 2017 Clean Jobs Midwest report was compiled by Clean Energy Trust and Environmental Entrepreneurs, a […]

Photo by: Erik Droust / Creative Commons
Great Lakes / Lake Erie / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Draft environmental report for Lake Erie offshore wind project is promising

CLEVELAND — “A draft Department of Energy report shows mainly minor or negligible short-term impacts from a plan to construct and operate six wind turbines approximately eight miles offshore of Cleveland. …Once built, Project Icebreaker should produce about 20.7 megawatts of electricity, which is enough for about 7,000 homes. Electricity from the line of six […]