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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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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 […]

Hilary Vogelbaum (pictured above on the right with her mom Judy Rosman), a 16-year-old high school student, delivered powerful testimony about her hope for the future and why she believes FirstEnergy's request should be rejected.
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Ohio high schooler gives powerful testimony in the face of Big Coal

CLEVELAND — “I have a unique personal experience that I would like to share with you.  I have had the privilege of doing research on development of organic solar cells at Case Western Reserve University in the lab of Dr. Genevieve Sauve.  I cannot begin to tell you the passion […]

Study: Fracking caused earthquakes in existing faults in Ohio
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Study: Fracking caused earthquakes in existing faults in Ohio

PITTSBURGH, PA — “A scientific study has linked hydraulic fracturing to 77 minor earthquakes last March around Poland, Ohio, just across the Pennsylvania-Ohio line. The sequence of seismic events, including a rare ‘felt’ quake of a magnitude 3.0 on the Richter scale, was caused by active ‘fracking’ on two nearby […]

Theo Colborn, 1927-2014
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Remembering the genius who got BPA out of your water bottles, and so much more

  SEATTLE, WA — “What Colborn was seeing was the result of a wide variety of synthetic chemicals that had come into being in the 1950s and ’60s. Even though they were present in the water at very low concentrations, they were subtly changing how the animals in that system […]

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Filling the void: A Citizen Audit of Ohio Oil and Gas Waste Disposal Wells

When regulators fail, citizens step in COLUMBUS — Two statewide environmental groups released a report today highlighting the failures of state and federal agencies to operate the state’s oil and gas waste disposal well program. Ohio Citizen Action and Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund say that the Ohio Department of Natural […]

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 […]

Kevin Eigel of EcoHouse Solar works on panels at Third Hand Bicycle Cooperative on E. 5th Avenue. A 2012 report found that Ohio had 31,322 jobs in “green” energy and solar power was tied to more jobs — 5,619 — than any other renewable energy source. photo: Kristen Zeis
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Why don’t some state officials want you to read this report on ‘green’ energy jobs?

Report on ‘green’ energy jobs was put on ice during debate COLUMBUS — “A state agency paid almost $435,000 for a survey to tally clean-energy jobs in Ohio but never released the results. The Ohio Development Services Agency says the study went unused because it was based on dubious methods […]