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Board OKs less restrictive water protection zone
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Board OKs less restrictive water protection zone

City commission next to take up controversial changes DAYTON — “The City of Dayton Plan Board Tuesday passed a zoning map amendment that will have the effect of reducing the city’s environmental protection area for its well fields that draws on the Miami Valley acquifer. It’s a companion piece to […]

On June 15 about 100 demonstrators gathered in Columbus, Ohio to ask the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) to deny FirstEnergy's request for a rate hike to support its aging coal plants.
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Green energy advocates: Coal is unsustainable in more ways than one

COLUMBUS — “Environmentalists have said for years that coal and other fossil fuels are not sustainable sources of energy. Now advocates of green energy are arguing that coal has also become economically unsustainable. Coal has reportedly become a bad investment, even in countries with large coal reserves. FirstEnergy Corp. began […]

“It doesn’t matter if they are 18 months old, 3 years or 5 years. Our kids are not allowed to drink from the fountain,” Juliet Blackenberry, director of City Kids Daycare, said after nitrates hit caution levels in public drinking water in Franklin County last week.
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Columbus fights to keep drinking water safe

Algae and chemicals from farms and industry create a daily — and costly — challenge for those keeping Columbus’ drinking water safe COLUMBUS — “The city spends millions of taxpayer dollars annually — and passes on many of the costs to customers — to buy chemicals to clean the water […]

EPA amends air toxics emissions standard s covering facilities that produce ferroalloys
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EPA amends air toxics emissions standard s covering facilities that produce ferroalloys

WASHINGTON, DC — “On May 28, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized amendments to the air toxics emissions standards covering facilities that produce ferroalloys. Ferroalloys are compounds that contain iron and other elements such as silicon, and manganese. …The estimated reductions in emissions of hazardous air pollutants (about 77 […]

PUCO Chairman Andre Porter
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New PUCO head puts off ruling on income guarantees for power plants

COLUMBUS — “The new chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio had a chance on Thursday to rule on income guarantees for certain power plants, but he decided to leave the matter open, with no timetable for resolution. Andre Porter was sworn in last month and faces a docket […]

These days, the Cuyahoga and many other rivers and lakes in industrialized areas appear to be much cleaner.
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How a burning river helped create the Clean Water Act

CLEVELAND — “When the first Earth Day began on April 22, 1970, there was a communal recognition that something needed to be done about pollution. One major symbol of that pollution was right in our back yard: in 1969, photos of a fire on the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland went  […]

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Live Band Karaoke Challenge 2015

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Doctor loses lawsuit that challenged secrecy of fracking fluid

SCRANTON, PA — “A federal appellate court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by an area physician challenging a law that precluded him from releasing information he obtained regarding chemicals contained in hydraulic fracking fluid. Dr. Alfonso Rodriguez of Dallas challenged Act 13 of 2012, which allows medical […]

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Panel accepts some fracking safeguards for state parks, rejects others

COLUMBUS — “An Ohio House panel modified a fracking proposal yesterday to explicitly mandate “zero surface impact” on state parks and forests. But by mostly party-line votes, the House Energy and Natural Resources Committee denied a pair of additional amendments that would have provided extra protection to public lands. A […]

Ohio ruling doesn’t rule out ‘bailout’ plans in the future
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Ohio ruling doesn’t rule out ‘bailout’ plans in the future

COLUMBUS — “…the PUCO laid out a blueprint of evidence it would want to see in any future hearing. Among other things, the PUCO said, AEP would have to show the necessity of keeping a power plant open, its financial need, impacts of any potential closure and plans for complying […]