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Advocate for the customer
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Advocate for the customer

The office of the consumers’ counsel delivers a bargain for Ohio AKRON — “Looking for an example of John Kasich going too far in his budget-cutting? Consider the plight of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, the governor calling for a 50 percent reduction in the office, from the current $8.5 million […]

FirstEnergy CEO Anthony Alexander responds to letter from Ohio Citizen Action’s Stephen Gabor
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FirstEnergy CEO Anthony Alexander responds to letter from Ohio Citizen Action’s Stephen Gabor

Read Stephen Gabor’s letter to Anthony Alexander

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Scientist group spotlights safety issues at Davis-Besse
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Scientist group spotlights safety issues at Davis-Besse

CARROLL TOWNSHIP — “A nonprofit science organization has handed Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station an unfortunate distinction as one of 13 nuclear facilities in the U.S. involved in significant “near-misses” last year. The Union of Concerned Scientists released its first report on safety performances at U.S nuclear power plants, focusing also […]

FirstEnergy skeptical about proposed mercury rules
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FirstEnergy skeptical about proposed mercury rules

MORGANTOWN, WV — “FirstEnergy is skeptical about proposed federal rules to regulate mercury emissions from power plants, a spokesman for the utility said. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed rules last week that would for the first time regulate emissions from coal-fired power plants, including limiting mercury, lead, arsenic and acid […]

Kasich’s budget would cut 95% of clean-coal agency
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Kasich’s budget would cut 95% of clean-coal agency

Office pays for coal scrubbers, research COLUMBUS — “The Ohio Air Quality Development Authority boasted in a special anniversary report in August that it had been ‘clearing the air for 40 years.’ For an agency that has spent millions of dollars on ‘clean coal’ research and helped power companies and […]

Muzzling a watchdog
Energy

Muzzling a watchdog

TOLEDO — “Gov. John Kasich’s proposal to gut the operating budget of Ohio’s consumer advocate for utility issues seems aimed less at achieving necessary economies than rewarding interests that supported his campaign. It shouldn’t happen. The proposal in the governor’s budget to cut funding for the Office of the Ohio […]

Office of Consumers’ Counsel cut is a glaring error in Kasich’s budget
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Office of Consumers’ Counsel cut is a glaring error in Kasich’s budget

COLUMBUS — “Kasich’s slash-and burn attack on the budget of the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel — charged with protecting the interests of electric, gas, water and phone customers — is aimed at an agency that has zero impact on the budget yet a big impact on customers’ utility […]

Ohio Consumers’ Counsel budget cut might not save money
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Ohio Consumers’ Counsel budget cut might not save money

COLUMBUS — “It may seem counterintuitive, but a spending cut in Gov. John Kasich’s proposed budget might not save taxpayers money. Kasich has proposed cutting more than half the funding for the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel. His plan would reduce the agency’s budget for the two-year period beginning […]

Catherine Turcer: “Utilities are driving Kasich’s bus”
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Catherine Turcer: “Utilities are driving Kasich’s bus”

COLUMBUS – Catherine Turcer, Director of Ohio Citizen Action’s Money in Politics Project, today called “outrageous” Gov. Kasich’s proposed 50% cut in the Office of Consumers’ Counsel budget. In a statement released today, Turcer said: Two days after being elected Governor last year, John Kasich made headlines with tough talk […]