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Metzenbaum Society Gathering 2018
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Metzenbaum Society Gathering 2018

Please join us to celebrate the kickoff of the Metzenbaum Society Giving Circle, as we recognize current Ohio Citizen Action members like you and lay out plans for 2019 and beyond. Metzenbaum Society members provide critical support for our mission by contributing at least $1,000 in a year. We will […]

FirstEnergy is shielded from generating unit’s bankruptcy
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FirstEnergy is shielded from generating unit’s bankruptcy

AKRON — “In another step to distance FirstEnergy Corp. from the financial woes of its bankrupt generating unit, the Ohio utility announced an agreement with creditors that would free it from future claims in the Chapter 11 proceeding. But FirstEnergy CEO Chuck Jones also said during an earnings call with […]

Northeast states sue EPA over air pollution from Midwest
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Northeast states sue EPA over air pollution from Midwest

NEW YORK, NY — “Eight northeastern states said on Tuesday they sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to force it to impose more stringent controls on a group of mostly Midwestern states whose air pollution they claim is being blown in their direction. In the latest development of a legal saga […]

Chemical plant owners urged to prepare for worst-case flooding
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Chemical plant owners urged to prepare for worst-case flooding

U.S. Chemical Safety Board says facilities, especially in Gulf of Mexico coast, need to ready for extreme weather events WASHINGTON, DC — “The U.S. Chemical Safety Board is warning that many industrial sites where hazardous materials are stored may not be adequately prepared for extreme weather events. A dayslong chemical fire […]

The list of diseases linked to air pollution is growing
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The list of diseases linked to air pollution is growing

As governments decide what to do about air quality, studies connect an array of health problems to dirty air DONORA, PA — “To the residents of Donora, Pa., a mill town in a crook of the Monongahela River, the daily haze from nearby zinc and steel plants was the price […]

Harvey victims face toxic pollution as hurricane recovery begins
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Harvey victims face toxic pollution as hurricane recovery begins

PORT ARTHUR, TX — “Texas communities that have long experienced health problems from nearby oil refineries and chemical plants are now facing the fossil fuel industry’s longer-term impacts: storms made more severe by climate change and the painful recovery process that follows their landfall — a recovery made far worse by […]

Sperm count in western men has dropped over 50 percent since 1973, paper finds
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Sperm count in western men has dropped over 50 percent since 1973, paper finds

NEW YORK, NY — “The sperm count of men in Western countries has been declining precipitously with no signs of “leveling off,” according to new research, bolstering a school of thought that male health in the modern world is at risk, possibly threatening fertility. By examining thousands of studies and […]

Electricity rate change to swell bills
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Electricity rate change to swell bills

MARIETTA — “Local utility bills for small consumers may soon see a significant upfront increase due to changes in American Electric Power Ohio’s proposed service plan. ‘If this goes through, as early as this summer customers could see a huge increase on their bills,’ said Rachael Belz, executive director of […]

Ohio energy production: shale oil slides, natural gas rises in fourth quarter
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Ohio energy production: shale oil slides, natural gas rises in fourth quarter

COLUMBUS — “Ohio shale oil production continued its slide in the fourth quarter, while natural gas numbers increased, as energy companies focus their efforts on parts of the state that are rich with gas. The new figures, issued on Monday by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, show oil production […]

Cleveland ranks among nation’s worst metro areas for air pollution-related deaths, illnesses
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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 […]