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Congress to tackle environmental toxins in revision of 1976 federal chemical regulations
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Congress to tackle environmental toxins in revision of 1976 federal chemical regulations

CLEVELAND — “Congress is poised to rewrite a three-decade-old federal law regulating chemicals – even as health, medical and environmental leaders debate a new government report strongly linking environmental exposures to cancer… Environmental groups often point out that of the 62,000 chemicals on the market at the time the chemical […]

Ohio Citizen Action files legal brief appealing canvassing restrictions in Englewood
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Ohio Citizen Action files legal brief appealing canvassing restrictions in Englewood

Ohio Citizen Action today asked the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a lower court decision that upheld an ordinance in the City of Englewood, Ohio, banning all door-to-door canvassing after 6 p.m. In its legal brief, the organization states: Although it is sometimes forgotten in an era of […]

Georgetown Exempted Village School District eyes air checks concerning landfill
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Georgetown Exempted Village School District eyes air checks concerning landfill

GEORGETOWN — “The Georgetown Exempted Village School District Board of Education is still keeping a close eye on the air quality around the school campus. According to board member Dr. Jeff Donohoo, the Brown County Health Department has been receiving a number of outdoor air quality monitoring reports from Rumpke […]

Underground fires at landfills worry state EPA
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Underground fires at landfills worry state EPA

COLUMBUS — “The first sign of trouble came in August when wells drilled into the millions of tons of rotting garbage buried at the Rumpke Sanitary Landfill coughed up heat and carbon monoxide instead of natural gas. No one knows what caused the 10-acre underground fire that is still burning […]

Debt markets and alternative energy
Baard Energy / Coal

Debt markets and alternative energy

HUNTINGTON, WV — “A couple of years ago, a lot of alternative fuels projects were announced for sites along the Ohio River and elsewhere. At the time, I was a bit skeptical, as in my days as a newspaper reporter I had seen several such projects go nowhere. I particularly […]

Safe Chemicals Act will protect children from dangerous exposures
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Safe Chemicals Act will protect children from dangerous exposures

Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey has recently introduced the Safe Chemicals Act, Senate Bill 3209.  Ohio Senator George Voinovich is a member of the Senate committee that will hear the bill. Please call Senator Voinovich’s office at 202-224-3353 today, with the following message: I’m calling to urge Senator Voinovich […]

What is the real reason Baard Energy scrapped its federal loan-guarantee application?
Baard Energy / Coal

What is the real reason Baard Energy scrapped its federal loan-guarantee application?

COLUMBUS — On December 22, 2008, Baard Energy submitted an application to the U.S. Department of Energy for a $2.5 billion loan guarantee for its proposed coal refinery. The application was accompanied by the required $200,000 non-refundable application fee. Then, only three months later, on March 26, 2009, Baard Energy […]

New online resource for toxic chemical testing results
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New online resource for toxic chemical testing results

WASHINGTON, DC — Neighbors of polluting companies can now search a new U.S. EPA online database for thousands of toxicity testing results on hundreds of chemicals. The new resource captures 30 years and $2 billion of testing results in an easily accessible format. It is a part of an online data […]

What is Baard Energy’s track record?
Baard Energy / Coal

What is Baard Energy’s track record?

COLUMBUS — Baard Energy wants investors to give them $6.8 billion so they can build a coal refinery in Wellsville, Ohio. Potential investors will want to know if Baard Energy can pull off a project of that size. What is Baard’s actual track record with these developments? Ohio Citizen Action […]

Coal to fuel plant debate
Baard Energy / Coal

Coal to fuel plant debate

COLUMBUS — “Environmental groups fighting plans to build a coal-to-liquid fuel plant near Wellsville along the Ohio River are raising new questions about Baard Energy, the Vancouver, Wash.,-based company that plans to build it. Cleveland based Ohio Citizen Action posted this entry on its blog today, which reads, ‘Would you […]