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As Great Lakes advocates lobby Congress this week, a new report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency details how the federal government and states plan to fight algae blooms in Lake Erie. But the agency isn't proposing more federal regulations to accomplish the task.

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Robyn Wilson, associate professor of risk analysis and decision science at The Ohio State University, had served on the EPA’s Science Advisory Board for nearly two and a half years when she received a request to step down. The problem, it seemed, was the fact her research had been funded by an EPA grant. 

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The U.S. EPA has withdrawn its acceptance of the Ohio EPA’s assessment of impaired waterways, in a decision that’s being hailed by local politicians. The federal agency changed its mind because the assessment did not account for Lake Erie’s open waters.


Some Ohio State University researchers are starting a three-year study looking for keys to predicting, mitigating, controlling, or even preventing harmful algal blooms in rivers and streams all over the country. 

The appointment of Cathy Stepp to lead a regional EPA office that covers most of the Great Lakes is drawing praise and criticism.

EPA adminstrator Scott Pruitt says her background as a Wisconsin official and small business owner "will bring a fresh perspective to EPA as we look to implement President Trump’s agenda."

But Henry Henderson, the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Midwest director, told the AP that Stepp’s record fits with the administration's "lax mode of enforcement.”

A 600 mile long algae bloom on the Ohio River in 2015.
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the Ohio EPA did not fully look at research on harmful algal blooms when considering adding Lake Erie to its list of “impaired” waters.

The US Environmental Protection Agency has designated 4 Ohio rivers as “Areas of Concern” – and Lorain County’s Black River is one of them.  This week, the EPA awarded more than half a million dollars to Lorain for Black River restoration projects.  

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It was one of Donald Trump’s biggest campaign rally cries when he was running for president – ending what he called the “war on coal.”


The Ohio EPA is welcoming word that U.S. EPA administrator Scott Pruitt wants to repeal the national power plant emissions regulations written during the Obama Administration.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is vowing to speed the cleanup of toxic Superfund sites, part of a shift away from climate change and toward what he calls the "basics" of clean air and water. The EPA's Superfund program manages the cleanup of some of the most toxic waste sites. Pruitt says the EPA will soon name a top 10 list of sites to focus on.

One potential site for that list is the Tar Creek Superfund site in far northeast Oklahoma, where a team of agency officials recently visited.