OK, the Giant Leap Forward quote . . . it’s not exactly mine, but it really sums up Tuesday afternoon’s vote quite well. The Ohio House Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Tuesday, favorably voted out HB 512 - the Governor’s Lead Contamination legislation. The quote was actually from Committee member Representative Dave Hall (R- Killbuck) just moments before a nearly unanimous vote to approve the bill – legislation that we here at OEC give our highest badge of support: Three-Frogs of Approval!
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On Wednesday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) blocked two Ohio utilities’ plans to bail out dirty coal plants by raising Ohioans’ electricity bills. FERC agreed with the OEC and our environmental, consumer and industry group partners that the bailouts potentially undermine federal protections for electricity customers.
On Tuesday, April 26, OEC's Melanie Houston spoke in support of House Bill 512. The bill would ensure stronger safeguards against lead in drinking water.
This issue resonates for Melanie on a personal level. Learn more about HB 512 and how it will help Ohioans.
Each year, Asian carp swim closer and closer to the Great Lakes. The carp are invasive and wreak havoc on native ecosystems. If they reach Lake Erie, there will be dire consequences for native species and the tourism and recreation industries.
On April 8, labor and environmental advocates hosted Senator Brown and local union members and elected officials for a roundtable discussion about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new methane standards for the oil and gas industry. The discussion focused on how we can create critically needed jobs and improve working conditions for workers while also providing important environmental protections for Ohio’s at risk communities. Most in the room agreed that this can be accomplished by fixing leaks and reducing methane emissions in the oil and gas sector. The roundtable was held at the Noble County Health Department in Caldwell, Ohio.
The OEC recently stood with the Ohio EPA to announce an aggressive plan to shore up Ohio’s laws and better protect Ohioans from the risk of lead exposure through drinking water. This groundbreaking proposal comes on the heels of a public health crisis from lead leaching into drinking water in Flint, Michigan and a similar, but smaller scale exposure, in Sebring, Ohio.
Just last week, the Public Utilities Commission approved two utility proposals that are a terrible deal for Ohio families. The PUCO is extending the lifespan of several old coal plants for 8 more years by charging Ohio families an average of $130 more per year for this dirty power, inefficient power. These old coal plants operate in parts of the state with some of the worst air quality in our country. We know this dirty air is making Ohioans sick.
Cuyahoga County’s 59 communities are on the front lines of sustainability. They are responding directly to citizen demands for more choices and better performance on issues such as energy, transportation, local food, and solid waste. In response, the County's Department of Sustainability partnered with the GreenCityBlueLake Institute to put together a summary of some of the key sustainability issues communities are addressing today.
Today, people around the world are celebrating water and reflecting on how it interacts with and shapes our daily lives.
The Great Lakes provide 40 million people with drinking water. The Lakes hold one-fifth of the world's fresh surface water and if spilled out over the continental US the water within the Great Lakes would submerge the country under 9.5 feet of water. Although we have an abundance of freshwater in this region, we must be good stewards. That’s why the OEC has taken a strong stand against a proposal from Waukesha, Wisconsin, to divert million of gallons of water per day from Lake Michigan.