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Testimony: Great Lakes Compact Implementation

Ohio Environmental Council, June 17, 2011

Environmental-conservation organizations, small businesses, lawyers and scientists from across Ohio, collectively known as the Coalition for Sustainable Communities, agree that legislation introduced recently in the Ohio House and Senate to implement the Great Lakes Compact falls far short of the comprehensive, science-based approach required and necessary to protect the surface and ground water that sustain Lake Erie and its related wildlife, industry and related jobs.

House Bill 231 (Wachtmann-R) and Senate Bill 170 (Grendell-R) recently were introduced in their respective chambers. While both bills have the support of certain industry interests, the Coalition for Sustainable Communities points out that the bills leave approximately 80 percent of Ohio’s streams wholly unprotected.

Click below to read OEC’s full testimony.