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Winged Warnings: What birds are telling us about our planet’s health
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Winged Warnings: What birds are telling us about our planet’s health

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — “More than 1,300 birds are perched perilously on a global list of threatened species. Each one is sending us a message, and scientists are struggling to decipher them. EHN’s series, Winged Warnings, reveals the surprising new discoveries that are emerging about the global threats to birds. ‘Canary […]

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Acquisition of Pinto Energy and Ashtabula gas to liquids project

ASHTABULA — “Velocys plc, the technology innovator for smaller scale gas-to-liquids (GTL), is pleased to announce the acquisition of Pinto Energy LLC (Pinto Energy) and the Ashtabula GTL project. Pinto Energy is one of the leading project developers of smaller scale GTL in North America. As its first facility, Pinto […]

Freedom Industries' chemical spill near Charleston, WV, contaminated the water supply for 300,000 people. A request for information was answered almost a week later. photo:dogberryjr/flickr
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Opinion: Who’s really in charge at EPA?

WASHINGTON, DC — “EPA’s mission is to protect public health and the environment. The agency’s website says it must ensure that ‘all parts of society … have access to accurate information sufficient to effectively participate in managing human health and environmental risks.’ But as we saw in West Virginia, officials […]

In West Virginia, there is no statewide regulation of above-ground, stand-alone storage tanks, like these along a branch of the Kanawha River. Ohio doesn’t inspect all of those types of tanks either.
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In Ohio, storage-tank sites full of unknowns

COLUMBUS — “State and local programs designed to safeguard chemical storage tanks are so fragmented that no one can say how many there are in Ohio, guarantee that they are regularly inspected or show which ones are leaking. Ohio Environmental Protection Agency inspectors, for example, examine tanks at factories and […]

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Gov. Kasich to name Craig Butler Interim Director of Ohio Environmental Protection Agency

COLUMBUS — “Today Gov. John R. Kasich will appoint Craig Butler interim director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency after Scott Nally announced his resignation from the agency to pursue other opportunities. ‘I am grateful for Scott’s service to the state and wish him well in his next endeavor,’ said […]

Tony Chirico, an exhibitor for Ray Lewis Company, a Youngstown industrial gas and oilfield supply company, shows how a display pump works to a customer at the Ohio Oil and Gas Exposition this week at the I-X Center. More than 200 exhibitors turned out for the two-day exposition.
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Ohio shale gas boom closer than many realize

CLEVELAND — “The state estimates that 1,830 wells will have been drilled by the end of 2015, but that only 750 wells will be producing — with full production still constrained by a lack of pipeline and processing facilities. And because of technology improvements, the cost to drill every new […]

Cincinnati mayoral candidates present “green” bona fides
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Cincinnati mayoral candidates present “green” bona fides

handout CINCINNATI — The two candidates left standing after the September 10th primary, Roxanne Qualls and John Cranley,  presented their environmental vision and track records in front of 150 voters at Tuesday’s “Greening Cincinnati” forum, presented by Cincinnati Green Group.  Earlier that evening, ten candidates for Cincinnati’s city council also answered […]

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Candidates for Cincinnati mayor to meet in environmental forum September 17

CINCINNATI — Front runners in Cincinnati’s mayor’s race Roxanne Qualls and John Cranley have agreed to debate on city environmental issues in an upcoming forum at the Northside Tavern, sponsored by the Cincinnati Green Group. This will be the third annual such forum for the group, which formed in 2010 to […]

Benzene may swell cancer risk
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Benzene may swell cancer risk

ATLANTA, GA — “People who live near industrial areas where the air is polluted with benzene face a higher risk of developing cancer, according to a new study. Researchers at Emory University in Atlanta found that the risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma was higher near businesses that emitted benzene into the […]

U.S. system for flagging hazardous chemicals is widely flawed
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U.S. system for flagging hazardous chemicals is widely flawed

NEW YORK, NY — “A 27-year-old U.S. program intended to warn the public of the presence of hazardous chemicals is flawed in many states due to scant oversight and lax reporting by plant owners, a Reuters examination finds. Under the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, private and public […]