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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 […]

EPA quietly revamps policy for alleged major air polluters, ends ‘watch list’
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EPA quietly revamps policy for alleged major air polluters, ends ‘watch list’

WASHINGTON, DC — “The U.S. EPA scrapped a system to track facilities that have chronically polluted the air, water and soil and overhauled the way it handles alleged air polluters, according to previously unreleased documents obtained by SNL Energy. The overhaul targeted a 1998 policy that established the designation of […]

Town Hall meeting on how to keep needed sewer improvements affordable
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Town Hall meeting on how to keep needed sewer improvements affordable

CINCINNATI —Next Wednesday October 15, the Coalition for Fair Rates holds a town hall discussion about how to keep needed sewer improvements affordable for Hamilton County families. The meeting takes place at 6:30pm at Gabriel’s Place, 3618 Reading Rd. Cincinnati 45229. Hamilton county has been under court order to separate […]

Teach-In to protect Montgomery Co drinking water
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Teach-In to protect Montgomery Co drinking water

DAYTON — The City of Dayton wants to make some changes to the way it protects the public water supply. Among the key changes is a 40 percent reduction in the protection area which is defined by a “one year time of travel from a contaminant spill to a well”. […]

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 […]

Craig Butler
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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 […]