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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 […]

Alan Michael Schwarzwalder 1943-2013: Former Democratic state senator dies at 69
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Alan Michael Schwarzwalder 1943-2013: Former Democratic state senator dies at 69

COLUMBUS — “Alan Michael Schwarzwalder, who put his stamp on government as a two-term state senator, top mayoral adviser and lobbyist, was found dead on Monday in his home at 257 W. Hubbard Ave. He was 69. Schwarzwalder, who had battled lymphoma for a number of years, was being examined […]

Wave of opposition to Senate chemicals bill swells from public interest groups, legal scholars
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Wave of opposition to Senate chemicals bill swells from public interest groups, legal scholars

WASHINGTON, D.C. — “Dozens of public interest organizations and legal scholars today sent letters to Congressional leaders expressing their unified opposition to the industry-backed Chemical Safety Improvement Act introduced last month by a bipartisan group of senators. …Among the groups’ concerns are the legislation’s failure to create much-needed health protections […]