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Utilities, fossil fuel could win big from Ohio bill to reduce regulations

Senate Bill 1 would require state agencies to cut 30 percent of regulations within three years, or eliminate two for every new one implemented

West facade of the Ohio Statehouse. Credit: Wikipedia

COLUMBUS — “A broad proposal in Ohio to slash state regulations by 30 percent across the board could further tilt the playing field against renewable energy by relaxing rules on utilities and fossil fuels.

Supporters see Senate Bill 1 as a way to create an ideal business environment in the state, while opponents say it would threaten many rules that are essential to protect Ohioans, including environmental rules, regulations for utilities, the state fire code and a host of other requirements.

Utilities and mining companies are expected to be among the biggest winners if the legislation makes it into law. Among other things, the bill could stymie adoption of new environmental rules requiring fossil fuel operations to control emissions more. At the same time, it could relieve fossil fuel plants of some of their current obligations if those rules get eliminated.”

— Kathiann M Kowalski, Midwest Energy News

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