Air Quality

Supporters of the wind farm held the majority of the nearly 200 people in attendance at a public hearing in Cleveland on July 16.
Air Quality / Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Icebreaker Lake Erie wind project praised, criticized at hearing before state board

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Lingering fears about the impact of a Lake Erie wind farm on birds and bats appears to be the only remaining hurdle to building the first-ever U.S. freshwater wind turbine project. …Garry George, Renewable Energy Director for the National Audubon Society, cited a climate report that found […]

Cloudy with a Chance of Soot
Air Quality / Renewable Energy

Cloudy with a Chance of Soot

CLEVELAND — “[Stephen Gabor of Ohio Citizen Action] says the argument of needing to cut regulations to create jobs doesn’t hold water. ‘This whole thing about environmental responsibility vs jobs is really an outdated argument at this point. The renewable energy industry is actually one of the most fruitful places and fertile […]

2017 year in review
Air Quality / Clean Power Plan / Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy / Ohio Citizen Action / Renewable Energy / Research & Reports

2017 year in review

We began 2017 celebrating the reinstatement of Ohio’s modest renewable energy and energy efficiency standards after a two-year freeze, an attempt to extend the freeze and an ultimate veto of the freeze extension by Governor Kasich. Our joy and relief evaporated by March however, when House Bill 114 was introduced. […]

As Ohio moves away from coal, carbon emissions continue to fall
Air Quality / Coal / Energy

As Ohio moves away from coal, carbon emissions continue to fall

CLEVELAND — “While the state is still a major polluter, Ohio’s shift away from coal has led to a significant reduction in carbon emissions. Carbon dioxide emissions from Ohio’s energy sector fell by 50 million metric tons from 2005 to 2015, according to data recently released by the Energy Information Administration. What happened […]

Air pollution around conception tied to birth defects
Air Quality

Air pollution around conception tied to birth defects

COLUMBUS — “Women who breathe polluted air during the month right before or after they get pregnant may be more likely to have babies with birth defects, a U.S. recent study suggests. Researchers examined data on birth defects for almost 290,000 infants born in Ohio from 2006 to 2010, matching […]

Ohio town, solid for Trump, now frets over EPA slowdown
Air Quality / Environmental Justice / EPA / Good Neighbor Campaigns

Ohio town, solid for Trump, now frets over EPA slowdown

EAST LIVERPOOL — “In Ohio, a change in state law that was tucked into a budget bill this year cut funding for an inspector in East Liverpool, even as Ohio authorities found continued evidence of air pollution violations at the Heritage Thermal incinerator, according to state records obtained by The Times. […]

Toxic exposure may cost the world 10% of GDP: Study
Air Quality / Environmental Justice

Toxic exposure may cost the world 10% of GDP: Study

Current calculations woefully underestimate how much pollution costs countries, says researchers BOZEMAN, MT – “The study, published today in the journal Environmental Health, finds that current calculations of harmful exposures underestimate the total costs to society by leaving out certain health impacts and only focusing on a fraction of the […]

Pollution kills more people than anything else
Air Quality / Energy

Pollution kills more people than anything else

NEW YORK, NY — “The most comprehensive report to date on the health effects of environmental pollution shows that filthy air, contaminated water and other polluted parts of our environment kill more people worldwide each year than almost everything else combined – smoking, hunger, natural disasters, war, murder, AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. It’s no wonder then […]

Maryland suing EPA on power plant pollution in other states
Air Quality / EPA

Maryland suing EPA on power plant pollution in other states

ANNAPOLIS, MD — “Maryland is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to act on a petition requiring power plants in five upwind states to reduce pollution, the state’s attorney general and an official in Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration said Wednesday. The Hogan administration says 70 percent of Maryland’s […]

This region of Ohio ranks among the worst in country for risk of breathing problems
Air Quality / Renewable Energy

This region of Ohio ranks among the worst in country for risk of breathing problems

AKRON — “State lawmakers are gearing up for another round in the fight over renewable energy mandates. While opponents say they’re a financial burden, supporters say they help cut down on air pollution, which then improves respiratory health. There’s a part of Ohio where the risk for experiencing breathing problems […]