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The proposed bailout for Ohio’s coal plants: A bad idea any way you look at it
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The proposed bailout for Ohio’s coal plants: A bad idea any way you look at it

CAMBRIDGE, MA — “Ohio’s three biggest electricity providers are asking the state to approve a bailout plan that would force Ohioans to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in extra charges to keep some of the nation’s oldest, dirtiest, and least efficient power plants operating. If the proposals are approved, […]

Debate over Kasich administration’s Green Energy Report
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Debate over Kasich administration’s Green Energy Report

COLUMBUS — “Democratic Representatives Mike Foley of Cleveland and Dan Ramos of Lorain are crying foul after learning about a year-old report on the status of the advanced energy industry in Ohio. The report was commissioned by the Ohio Development Services Agency—or DSA—part of Gov. John Kasich’s administration. It was […]

This town was named after a company residents say is slowly poisoning them
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This town was named after a company residents say is slowly poisoning them

DUKEVILLE, NC — “Today, most of the trees sticking out of the pond next to Sherry’s backyard are branchless and leafless, hacked off at the top like broken matchsticks. And the pond is actually a waste pit, storing six million tons of coal ash — a byproduct from coal-burning at […]

Authorities responding to a fire at this fracking well in Monroe County in June couldn’t get to the site’s list of chemicals for days.
Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

Bill alters reporting of fracking chemicals in Ohio

COLUMBUS — The bill would change how Ohio deals with the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, enacted almost 30 years ago to keep residents and emergency responders informed about the hazardous chemicals in their backyards. Congress passed the act in 1986, in direct response to a 1984 chemical […]

Ohio activists oppose disclosure provisions of H.B. 490
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Ohio activists oppose disclosure provisions of H.B. 490

COLUMBUS — “HB 490 is sponsored by Rep. Andy Thompson (R-Marietta), who represents a large portion of Ohio’s shale country and received significant funding for his re-election campaign from oil and gas interests. An earlier version of the bill included language to repeal the oil and gas reporting exemption, but […]

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.
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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: […]