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Melissa English, Ohio Citizen Action development director
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Ohio Citizen Action testimony on HB 554

Make Ohio a clean energy leader again COLUMBUS — “Chairman Dovilla, Vice Chair Roegner, Ranking Member Ashford and members of the committee, I write today on behalf of more than 20,000 Ohioans who have recently spoken out in favor of reinstating Ohio’s mandatory renewable energy and energy efficiency portfolio standards. […]

This 2010 photo from the 10th floor of the MetroHealth Medical Center shows a thick layer of smog hanging over the Cleveland skyline. (Photo courtesy of hazecam.cleveland)
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Cleveland ranks among nation’s worst metro areas for air pollution-related deaths, illnesses

CLEVELAND — “The Cleveland area leads the state in the number of deaths and serious health problems caused by air pollution, and ranks ninth worst in the country, according to a new report released today. The Health of the Air report, compiled by the American Thoracic Society and New York […]

Sister Paula with Ohio Citizen Action Cincinnati staff in 2009.
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In Memoriam: Sister Paula Gonzalez

CINCINNATI — Today we learned of the passing of Sister Paula Gonzalez, co-founder of Ohio Interfaith Power and Light and a devoted Sister of Charity. Sister Paula traveled the world, raising consciousness about the threat of climate change and spreading hope and knowledge to deter that threat. What’s more, she […]

Consumer advocates and Ohio citizens demand Kroger ban toxic BPA in food packaging
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Consumer advocates and Ohio citizens demand Kroger ban toxic BPA in food packaging

CINCINNATI — “Consumer and environmental advocacy organization Ohio Citizen Action, along with Ohio residents, rallied outside of the Kroger annual shareholder meeting today. They called on the grocery chain to commit to a policy to eliminate bisphenol A (BPA), use safe substitutes for the toxic chemical in canned food linings, […]

FirstEnergy's downtown Akron headquarters.
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FirstEnergy seeks changes to PUCO-approved plan to subsidize older power plants

AKRON — “Less than a month after the approval, on April 27, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission put the brakes on the deal. It rescinded waivers it had previously extended to FirstEnergy, which allowed the company to engage in transactions to purchase power from its own affiliates. FERC said it […]

Extending the freeze on clean energy ties Ohio to dirty fuels of the past
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Extending the freeze on clean energy ties Ohio to dirty fuels of the past

COLUMBUS — “While Ohioans’ support for clean energy is at an all-time high, State Senator Bill Seitz introduced legislation today that would thwart clean energy progress in Ohio. Senate Bill 320 proposes to extend the freeze on Ohio’s clean energy standards until 2020, which would weaken Ohioans’ ability to install […]

Researchers suggest those who regularly eat small-mouth bass from Lake Erie limit consumption to no more than a couple of fish a month.
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Toxic chemicals on rise in Lake Erie fish, scientists say

BUFFALO, NY —”Flame-retardant chemicals could show up in greater concentrations in Lake Erie’s small-mouth bass, and scientists say an invasive species could be to blame. Researchers at the State University of New York-Buffalo found that concentrations of polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, are likely to increase by nearly 50 percent […]

FirstEnergy defends rate plan ahead of pending state ruling
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FirstEnergy defends rate plan ahead of pending state ruling

CLEVELAND — “FirstEnergy Vice President of Rates and Regulatory Affairs Bill Ridmann said their independent review showed customers’ bills will initially increase a few dollars a month, but will eventually drop, for an eight year savings of about $560 million. But a report from the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council claimed customers […]

Carl Evert Jr.
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Carl Evert Jr. 1923 – 2016

CINCINNATI — It is with deep sadness that Ohio Citizen Action mourns the passing of Carl Evert, Jr.  on Thursday, March 18th.  Carl was a devoted husband of 66 years, father, professor of electrical engineering, consultant, staunch environmentalist and tireless neighborhood and city improvements advocate. We recognized Dr. Carl and […]

2015 year end fundraiser smashes goal
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2015 year end fundraiser smashes goal

CLEVELAND- – Thanks to the support of hundreds of Ohioans we raised $24,472 during our year-end appeal, smashing our goal of $20,000. We will put these contributions to good use in 2016 fighting to: stop the consumer bailout of coal and nuclear plants that might otherwise close; reinstate energy efficiency […]