Archive for September, 2018

Senator Howard M Metzenbaum
Ohio Citizen Action

Metzenbaum Society Giving Circle

Metzenbaum Society members contribute $1,000 or more in a year to both support the mission of Ohio Citizen Action/ Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund and honor the memory of a key ally on consumer and environmental issues, the late Senator Howard M. Metzenbaum. His work to promote reporting of toxic […]

FirstEnergy's downtown Akron headquarters.
Energy / FirstEnergy

Bankruptcy court OKs FirstEnergy Solutions settlement, setting stage for reorganization

AKRON — “U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Alan Koschik said late Tuesday that he will approve a complicated settlement of financial issues between FirstEnergy and its bankrupt subsidiary FirsrtEnergy Solutions. FirstEnergy will make a settlement payment of $225 million to FES and issue $628 million in notes for the subsidiary that will […]

Joshua Sands – Ohio Citizen Action board member
Ohio Citizen Action

Joshua Sands – Ohio Citizen Action board member

Joshua Sands has been an Ohio Citizen Action member since 1990 and is a current member of the Metzenbaum Society giving circle. A retired ophthalmologist, Joshua has seen many cases of air pollution impacting people’s vision and eye health. “I am very concerned about the environment and the potential health […]

100% Renewable Energy: Cleveland Sets a Big Goal as It Sheds Its Fossil Fuel Past
Energy / FirstEnergy / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy / Wind Energy

100% Renewable Energy: Cleveland Sets a Big Goal as It Sheds Its Fossil Fuel Past

Cleveland joins more than 80 U.S. cities that have committed to get all their electricity from renewable sources. But in Ohio, that might be easier said than done. CLEVELAND — “Cleveland, Ohio, which has worked for years to reinvent itself as it sheds its industrial past, has become the latest major […]

Air pollution particles found in mothers’ placentas
Pollution

Air pollution particles found in mothers’ placentas

New research shows direct evidence that toxic air – already strongly linked to harm in unborn babies – travels through mothers’ bodies LONDON, ENGLAND — “Scientists have found the first evidence that particles of air pollution travel through pregnant women’s lungs and lodge in their placentas. Toxic air is already […]

Critics Say Trump Coal Rules Step Backward for Ohio
Clean Power Plan / Climate Change / Coal

Critics Say Trump Coal Rules Step Backward for Ohio

COLUMBUS – “The public can now comment on the Trump administration’s proposal to replace the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era rule aimed at drastically cutting carbon emissions from coal power plants. Under what’s being called the Affordable Clean Energy Rule, or ACE, states would develop their own reduction goals and submit […]

Lake Erie offshore wind project vows extra bird, wildlife protections
Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Lake Erie offshore wind project vows extra bird, wildlife protections

The developer of the offshore wind demonstration will use bird-safe lighting and seasonal curtailment, among other methods CLEVELAND — “A pact with environmental groups over wildlife protections and monitoring puts a Lake Erie offshore wind project one step closer to construction. Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation, or LEEDCo, hopes to […]

METZENBAUM SOCIETY – YOU’RE INVITED
Ohio Citizen Action

METZENBAUM SOCIETY – YOU’RE INVITED

Please join us to celebrate the kickoff of the Metzenbaum Society Giving Circle, as we recognize current Ohio Citizen Action members like you and lay out plans for 2019 and beyond. Metzenbaum Society members provide critical support for our mission by contributing at least $1,000 in a year. We will induct founding members […]

Company suspected of using plant closures to get subsidies
Coal / Energy / FirstEnergy

Company suspected of using plant closures to get subsidies

WASHINGTON, DC — “FirstEnergy Solutions, the power plant division of FirstEnergy Corp., filed for bankruptcy protection in April. The company has aggressively lobbied Washington for a federal lifeline for its ailing coal and nuclear facilities, which have been weighed down by low wholesale power prices and stiff competition from natural […]

The General James M. Gavin coal plant in southeast Ohio. Photo by: Analog Kid / Creative Commons
Clean Power Plan / Coal / Energy

Advocates: Trump’s coal-friendly power plan will hurt Ohio’s health

Citing the administration’s own analysis, environmental advocates say the Clean Power Plan replacement will ‘make things worse.’ WASHINGTON, DC — “Ohioans likely face more early deaths, more asthma attacks and higher electric bills under the Trump administration’s plan to replace the Clean Power Plan, say environmental groups. Those conclusions come from the Environmental […]