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Local officials credit the Ohio EPA for bringing the Hocking River up to aquatic standards. The river only met 38 percent of the standards when first assessed in the 1980s. Credit: Athens Post file photo
Coal / Water Quality

Repealed stream protection rule may affect Athens

ATHENS — “At the end of his presidency, Barack Obama put together the Stream Protection Rule, which regulated the dumping of mining waste in streams. Less than two months later, President Donald Trump is slated to sign a resolution doing away with the rule. How this change will affect Appalachian […]

‘Public health hazard’ in Ohio has Chicago community concerned
Eramet / Good Neighbor Campaigns

‘Public health hazard’ in Ohio has Chicago community concerned

EAST LIVERPOOL — “Nearly 400 miles southeast of Chicago, environmental regulators have spent the past 18 years scrutinizing the quality of air in a small city on the banks of the Ohio River. Since 1999, the U.S. and Ohio Environmental Protection Agencies have monitored air quality at three locations in […]

Bipartisan group of Governors to President Trump: Renewable energy is an ‘American success story’
Energy

Bipartisan group of Governors to President Trump: Renewable energy is an ‘American success story’

They see the economic impact in their own backyards. And they want more of it. WASHINGTON, DC — “A coalition of eight Republican governors and 12 Democratic governors sent a letter to the White House yesterday, asking Trump to ‘strengthen America’s energy future’ by extending government support for offshore wind, […]

Ohio GOP targets clean energy standards, efficiency rules
Energy / Freeze on Clean Energy

Ohio GOP targets clean energy standards, efficiency rules

COLUMBUS — “It’s been just six weeks since Gov. John Kasich vetoed a GOP bill that would have delayed for another two years mandates requiring power companies to sell an increasing percentage of renewable energy and help customers use less power. Rep. Louis Blessing, III, R-Cincinnati, began circulating a memo […]

The DuPont name appears above its trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Credit: AP file photo
Good Neighbor Campaigns / Right-to-Know

Dupont, Chemours agree to $670.7M settlement in C8 cases

COLUMBUS — “DuPont Co. said this morning that a $670.7 million ‘global settlement’ had been reached to resolve thousands of lawsuits from Mid-Ohio Valley residents who say they were made sick by exposure to the chemical C8 from the company’s Parkersburg manufacturing plant. In a press release, DuPont said the […]

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Turbines belonging to the Blue Creek wind farm in northwest Ohio. (Peter Krouse, cleveland.com)
Energy / Renewable Energy

Wind now largest renewable energy source in United States, advocates say

CLEVELAND — “Wind power recently surpassed hydroelectric power as the number one form of renewable energy in the United States, the American Wind Energy Association announced Thursday in a news release. The country now has more than 82,000 megawatts of wind-generated capacity, or enough to power 24 million homes annually, the association […]

The ‘new normal’ in America: Renewables boom, emissions plunge and consumers save more than ever
Renewable Energy

The ‘new normal’ in America: Renewables boom, emissions plunge and consumers save more than ever

BOSTON, MA — “After decades of technology development, business model innovation and policy progress, the U.S. economy is now decisively growing — independent of energy consumption and carbon emissions. Since 2007, U.S. GDP has grown by 12 percent, while energy consumption has fallen by 3.6 percent, according to the new […]

Despite solar job growth, company officials say Ohio policy prevented more
Coal / Freeze on Clean Energy

Despite solar job growth, company officials say Ohio policy prevented more

WASHINGTON, DC — “Employment in Ohio’s solar industry grew 21 percent last year, with the addition of 1,020 jobs, according to the report. The state’s total of 5,831 jobs ranked Ohio’s solar industry employment 11th overall, but only 25th on a per capita basis. Company leaders say Ohio could have […]

After petcoke, community confronts more dangerous pollutant: manganese
Good Neighbor Campaigns / Right-to-Know

After petcoke, community confronts more dangerous pollutant: manganese

CHICAGO, IL — “They thought it was over when the black dust went away. For decades, residents on Chicago’s Far Southeast Side complained about thick clouds of black dust blowing across their neighborhoods, through their windows and even into their mouths. The dust came from uncovered piles of coal and petroleum coke, […]

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Renewable Energy

New US president may be forced to concede solar and wind’s huge potential for job creation and self sufficiency

WASHINGTON, DC — “What impact will the climate-sceptic, coal enthusiast President Trump have on the prospects for renewable energy? How will Brexit affect the UK’s renewable sector? And what’s driving the growth of clean energy in Asia? These were key questions for participants at a Guardian roundtable on the future […]