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Kasich should urge Senate to purge toxic amendments in grab-bag House bill: editorial
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Kasich should urge Senate to purge toxic amendments in grab-bag House bill: editorial

CLEVELAND — “Republican Gov. John Kasich – pumped from a re-election rout and rumors of a White House run – needs to exercise his political muscle and pull the plug on an industry-driven, water-withdrawal amendment that could condemn Lake Erie to death by a thousand straws. Substitute House Bill 490 […]

Silverio Caggiano, a 31-year veteran of the Youngstown Fire Department.
Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

First responders, community members and environmental advocates call for fracking chemical disclosure

COLUMBUS — After the Ohio House of Representatives quietly passed House Bill 490 during the lame duck session, the state is poised to go backwards when it comes to protecting communities and first responders. In 2013, after outcry from citizens and the environmental community, the United States EPA reaffirmed that […]

FirstEnergy's Ohio power companies have paid consumers $50 to turn in old, working refrigerators since 2011. The electric company contracted with Jaco Environmental to recycle the old appliances at its  Stow facility. About 95 percent of the refrigerator and freezer materials can be recycled. FirstEnergy is ending its consumer energy efficiency programs.
Energy / FirstEnergy

PUCO approves FirstEnergy’s request to suspend popular energy efficiency programs

COLUMBUS — “State regulators on Thursday approved FirstEnergy’s request to scuttle most of its consumer energy efficiency programs at the end of the year, ending popular rebates and discounts on Energy Star appliances and lighting and rewards for turning in old appliances. FirstEnergy is the only Ohio electric company that has […]

The Ohio green-energy jobs report that, shamefully, stayed buried until now: editorial
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The Ohio green-energy jobs report that, shamefully, stayed buried until now: editorial

CLEVELAND — “Green-energy advocates called SB 310 a blow not just at the environment but also at Ohio’s emerging alternative energy industry. The ‘underpublicized’ report could have underscored that industry’s size and jobs impact in Ohio. Bureaucracies do make mistakes. And thanks to Kasich’s arm-twisting, SB 310 is a tad less damaging […]

Fracking industry suing over drilling bans
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Fracking industry suing over drilling bans

COLUMBUS — “As fracking spreads in the United States, voters in more and more cities are banning drilling, waste disposal and other practices associated with deep-shale oil and gas wells. But those bans have prompted lawsuits filed by state governments or the oil and gas industry raising a legal question: […]

Ohio is set to retire thousands of megawatts from coal plants in the coming years.
Energy

Ohio could meet initial EPA clean air standard easily, study finds

COLUMBUS — “Ohio could meet the first year of new carbon standards by simply allowing planned power plant retirements, a new analysis suggests. PJM Interconnection, the regional power grid operator for parts of 13 states including Ohio, analyzed the potential economic impact of the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The […]

FirstEnergy wants to end its program that funds discounts on high-tech consumer light bulbs such as this Cree LED bulb that uses only 11 watts but gives the light of an old-fashioned 60-watt bulb.
FirstEnergy

Trying to reduce your electric bill? Don’t look to FirstEnergy for help

COLUMBUS — “FirstEnergy’s plan to end most of its customer energy efficiency programs by year’s end is up for a vote before the Public Utilities Commission today. Such programs reduce demand for electricity, helping to keep prices to consumers lower, say advocates that have urged the PUCO to reject FirstEnergy’s proposals. […]

Merger gives fracturing disclosures uncertain future
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Merger gives fracturing disclosures uncertain future

HOUSTON, TX — “Baker Hughes’ much-praised practice of fully disclosing the ingredients in its fracturing fluid faces an uncertain future now that Baker Hughes is poised to merge into larger rival Halliburton. Environmental groups lauded Baker Hughes last month after it announced it would start providing complete lists of all […]

DuPont’s was the only methyl mercaptan release that killed or injured workers in the past five years, according to state and federal data. The gas, however, is among hundreds of dangerous chemicals plants spew across Texas.
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DuPont tragedy one of many toxic gas releases

LA PORTE, TX — “A Saturday morning tragedy introduced Texans to an invisible killer. Methyl mercaptan, a foul-smelling gas, overwhelmed five workers at the DuPont chemical plant in La Porte on Nov. 15, killing four – including two brothers – and sending another to the hospital. Such rapid deaths from […]

Concerns, protests over Ohio fracking
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Concerns, protests over Ohio fracking

COLUMBUS — “More Disclosure: The Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund called for increased disclosure of chemicals used in horizontal hydraulic fracturing, after a well fire in Monroe County. Emergency responders dealing with the latter, the group said, did not know the types or locations of chemicals at the site. ‘Rather […]