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Help us raise $20K by December 31
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Help us raise $20K by December 31

As your member-supported government and industry watchdog, we rely on you to help us fight for a cleaner, safer energy future. So far we have raised $ towards our $ target! Please help us meet or beat our goal of $20,000 by December 31.  Please make your tax-deductible contribution to  […]

FirstEnergy shopping early Black Friday deal at the PUCO, you’ll pay more
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FirstEnergy shopping early Black Friday deal at the PUCO, you’ll pay more

COLUMBUS — “FirstEnergy has been doing some serious early Black Friday shopping, squeezing a deal out of state regulators to have customers pay hundreds of millions of dollars extra over the next eight years to subsidize two of its Ohio power plants that cannot compete with natural gas-fired plants. Company […]

DDT’s long shadow: Long-banned chemicals linked to abnormal sperm
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DDT’s long shadow: Long-banned chemicals linked to abnormal sperm

A study of men from the Faroe Islands finds that high DDT and PCB exposure during adolescence and adulthood is associated with abnormal chromosomes in sperm WASHINGTON, DC — “DDT and PCBs were banned in the U.S. in 1973 and 1977, respectively, and the International Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic […]

Scientists alarmed as tiny plastic turns up in lakes
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Scientists alarmed as tiny plastic turns up in lakes

TOLEDO — “Scientists want to know how much microbeads have become part of the fish diet and what it may be doing to them. One theory is that in addition to the petrochemicals of plastic itself, the material may be absorbing free-flowing pesticides and other chemicals in the water. They […]

Ohio River’s huge algae bloom a warning for water suppliers
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Ohio River’s huge algae bloom a warning for water suppliers

CINCINNATI — “A toxic algae outbreak that snaked more than 600 miles down the Ohio River past four states is forcing water utilities to reassess the threat from harmful algal blooms that are popping up increasingly around the nation. Treatment plant operators and researchers along the river were surprised by […]

A sample of water with algae from Lake Erie near Curtice, Ohio, in July. The latest bloom of algae stretches along 636 of the Ohio River’s 981 miles.
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Toxic algae outbreak overwhelms a polluted Ohio River

CURTICE — “The Ohio River, transformed by mining and industrial waste and sewage overflows into the nation’s most polluted major waterway, has a new and unexpected tormentor this fall: carpets of poisonous algae. Pads of toxic blue-green algae have speckled nearly two-thirds of the 981-mile river in the last five […]

Puffin Film festival in Columbus October 9-11
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Puffin Film festival in Columbus October 9-11

COLUMBUS —  Join Ohio Citizen Action and nine other Columbus-area non-profits for a one-day film festival celebrating progressive causes. OCA and partner Ohio Environmental Council will screen the 2013 feature film Promised Land, starring Matt Damon, which raises ethical questions about the fracking boom. Buy your ticket here or make […]

Cleanlites Recycling donates services to Ohio Citizen Action
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Cleanlites Recycling donates services to Ohio Citizen Action

CINCINNATI — Cleanlites Recycling, a dedicated industrial, municipal, and business recycling company in the Cincinnati area, has been working with our Cincinnati office to donate electronic recycling services. This week, OCA Cincinnati dropped off an irreparable, out-dated copier, one computer and three routers to Cleanlites Recycling who happily recycled them […]

Andre Porter
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PUCO chief: Energy’s challenges brought me back

COLUMBUS — “Porter is generally viewed by Ohio energy observers as fair and not easily pushed over – the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association described his remarks last week to Columbus Business First urging utilities to “stop scaring Ohioans” as an ‘ unusually blunt message to the utilities.’ Porter wouldn’t delve into […]

Lake Erie’s green monster returns
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Lake Erie’s green monster returns

Algae back with a vengeance in Lake Erie a year after Toledo’s water crisis; prognosis poor TOLEDO — “The area near the public water intake is freckled with algae, small blobs that resemble a massive school of lime-green fish. It is a jarring sight, especially so close to today, the […]