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Mr. Kasich’s leadership
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TOLEDO — “Northwest Ohioans do not need to be reminded that a harmful algae bloom in western Lake Erie generated a toxin that poisoned Toledo’s water supply for three days in the summer of 2014, depriving nearly 500,000 consumers of their usual source of drinking water. A new study by […]

A tiny tree frog provides clues to environmental changes that threaten all amphibians
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A tiny tree frog provides clues to environmental changes that threaten all amphibians

CLEVELAND — “The declining state of amphibians in a world of climate change, pollution and shrinking habitats has been widely documented. But some species of frogs and salamanders are faring worse than others. One of the most threatened species is the Blanchard’s cricket frog, a tiny tree frog of ponds […]

FirstEnergy profit guarantee would be 8 years under new proposed settlement
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FirstEnergy profit guarantee would be 8 years under new proposed settlement

Litigation ahead for plan that critics call ‘coal bailout’ COLUMBUS — “A newly disclosed settlement proposal in a long-running FirstEnergy says the company would receive an eight-year profit guarantee for certain Ohio power plants. The Akron-based utility reached the agreement with the Public Utilities of Ohio staff and more than […]

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 […]