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Ohio Environmental Council, June 3, 2013
Also asks Senate to reject bad amendments on fracking, energy efficiency.
Buoyed by the Ohio Senate’s addition of funds for land and water conservation and Lake Erie clean up to the state’s proposed new two-year operating budget, Ohio’s leading eco group is pushing lawmakers to adopt even more “green” initiatives.
It also is warning Senators of risky budget amendments lurking about the Statehouse, include ones to OK the disposal of radioactive-laced oil and gas drilling wastes in Ohio landfills and to allow investor-owned utilities to backtrack on approved energy efficiency plans.
Ohio Senate bulks up Clean Ohio Fund and Healthy Lake Erie Fund
Last week, Senate leaders unveiled plans to direct the sale of $26 million in bonds for the Clean Ohio Fund and to add $600,000 to the Healthy Lake Erie Fund for stepped-up water quality monitoring and other efforts to quell the spread of toxic algae in Lake Erie and inland lakes.
The Ohio House already had recommended an additional $26 million in Clean Ohio funding. If both chambers’ plans are approved, it will max out the $52 million that remains unspent from the voters’ 2008 approval to borrow $400 million for Clean Ohio.
The Senate also proposed earmarking $500,000 for job development for bioscience and “green chemistry”—the development of goods without hazardous byproducts.
“The Ohio Senate has the chance to add even more ‘green arrows’ to its budget ‘quiver’ this week,” said Jack Shaner, OEC Deputy Director. “We hope Senators will continue to pour on the green and reject the lingering bad amendments.”
OEC pushes “Cleaner, Greener Budget”
In testimony last Friday, the OEC asked the Senate to:
OEC exposes toxic amendments
The OEC also is asking the Senate to reject a handful of toxic amendments that have emerged in the budget debate, including:
“Together, the Ohio House and Senate have made several solid strides toward a cleaner, greener budget. With a little more effort, our State Senators can make Ohio an even more attractive and sustainable place to raise a family and grow a business,” said Shaner.