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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 […]

Board OKs less restrictive water protection zone
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Board OKs less restrictive water protection zone

City commission next to take up controversial changes DAYTON — “The City of Dayton Plan Board Tuesday passed a zoning map amendment that will have the effect of reducing the city’s environmental protection area for its well fields that draws on the Miami Valley acquifer. It’s a companion piece to […]

On June 15 about 100 demonstrators gathered in Columbus, Ohio to ask the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) to deny FirstEnergy's request for a rate hike to support its aging coal plants.
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Green energy advocates: Coal is unsustainable in more ways than one

COLUMBUS — “Environmentalists have said for years that coal and other fossil fuels are not sustainable sources of energy. Now advocates of green energy are arguing that coal has also become economically unsustainable. Coal has reportedly become a bad investment, even in countries with large coal reserves. FirstEnergy Corp. began […]

“It doesn’t matter if they are 18 months old, 3 years or 5 years. Our kids are not allowed to drink from the fountain,” Juliet Blackenberry, director of City Kids Daycare, said after nitrates hit caution levels in public drinking water in Franklin County last week.
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Columbus fights to keep drinking water safe

Algae and chemicals from farms and industry create a daily — and costly — challenge for those keeping Columbus’ drinking water safe COLUMBUS — “The city spends millions of taxpayer dollars annually — and passes on many of the costs to customers — to buy chemicals to clean the water […]

EPA amends air toxics emissions standard s covering facilities that produce ferroalloys
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EPA amends air toxics emissions standard s covering facilities that produce ferroalloys

WASHINGTON, DC — “On May 28, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized amendments to the air toxics emissions standards covering facilities that produce ferroalloys. Ferroalloys are compounds that contain iron and other elements such as silicon, and manganese. …The estimated reductions in emissions of hazardous air pollutants (about 77 […]

PUCO Chairman Andre Porter
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New PUCO head puts off ruling on income guarantees for power plants

COLUMBUS — “The new chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio had a chance on Thursday to rule on income guarantees for certain power plants, but he decided to leave the matter open, with no timetable for resolution. Andre Porter was sworn in last month and faces a docket […]

These days, the Cuyahoga and many other rivers and lakes in industrialized areas appear to be much cleaner.
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How a burning river helped create the Clean Water Act

CLEVELAND — “When the first Earth Day began on April 22, 1970, there was a communal recognition that something needed to be done about pollution. One major symbol of that pollution was right in our back yard: in 1969, photos of a fire on the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland went  […]