Environment

Late Summer Brings Renewed Worries About Algae

Sep 12, 2016
Sam Hendren, WOSU News

The tail end of summer can be a big problem for many of Ohio’s lakes. The combination of farmland runoff and high temperatures is ideal for algae growth, which has plagued Ohio's lakes in recent years.

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The Prince of Monacco, Prince Albert the second, was on campus today at The Ohio State University to talk sustainability, the environment and climate change.

The Great Lakes have more coastline for beaches than the United States' East and West coasts combined. There are thousands of beaches — and dozens of drownings each year, in part because of dangerous currents that are very different from those found in the ocean.

After the century old steel plant closed this summer many had hoped it might reopen under new ownership. Now the plant has been purchased and the new owners say that they will not restart the foundry, but they do promises to clean-up and develop the site.

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State officials today delivered welcome news for boaters and business owners at Buckeye Lake. The lake's water levels are returning to normal a year ahead of schedule.

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The federal government is handing out over $3 million to help Lake Erie.

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State environmental regulators say sludge material dredged from the Cuyahoga River and dumped into Lake Erie in the 1970s might be moving toward a Cleveland water treatment plant.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is adding more money for a project in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana to cut farm runoff that feeds harmful algae in Lake Erie.

Clean energy is thriving in Ohio, according to a new jobs report. But advocates say the green energy industry can do even more, with help from lawmakers. 

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A new electricity contract will save Franklin County government more than $100,000 over 26 months and will help protect the environment.

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Police in Marysville say two people have been taken to a local hospital after a train derailed Tuesday morning.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown plans to introduce legislation this week that would quickly alert citizens if their drinking water is unsafe.  Brown's amendment comes in response to lead contamination of tap water in Flint, Michigan and now in Sebring, Ohio.

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The head of Ohio's environmental agency has called for a criminal investigation after the operator of a water treatment plant in northeast Ohio failed to tell the public that high levels of lead and copper had been detected in some homes last summer. 

Justices Side With Landowners On Ohio Drilling Leases

Jan 21, 2016
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The Ohio Supreme Court has sided with landowners in a long-running legal battle over 700 disputed oil-and-gas leases in southern and eastern Ohio.

Opponents Of AEP, Sierra Club Deal Win Appeal For Depositions

Jan 5, 2016
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State utility regulators are weighing a compromise between American Electric Power, some other energy companies, and the Sierra Club. The deal would let AEP charge customers more in exchange for closing some coal-fired power plants over the next 15 years. Critics of the deal were handed a legal victory on Monday.

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Communities have reaped the benefits of Ohio’s booming energy industry. But as Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports -- some local officials believe their schools are missing out on potential funds.

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Some cities and towns are pushing back against new water testing rules proposed by the Ohio EPA. The state environmental agency wants local water supplies tested weekly for algae. Some water authorities have complained that the testing is too costly and too frequent.

Ohio Rep. Wants To Ban Microbeads

Nov 27, 2015
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Congress will soon vote on a bill to ban microbeads – those tiny plastic particles in toothpaste, facial scrubs, body washes and other personal care products. There’s now a new effort to deal with them at the state level.

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Some state lawmakers say Ohio’s water quality is in danger because of a state budget provision that lets homeowners clear foliage from "buffer zones" near water reservoirs.

$36M Scioto Riverfront Project Opens To Public

Nov 9, 2015
Mandie Trimble / WOSU

Five years since the idea was conceived, the Scioto Greenway opens to the public Tuesday, on time and on budget. 

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Ohio environmental leaders are among those in Washington pushing Congress to renew the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a 50-year-old program that's sent hundreds of millions of dollars to national parks and forests in Ohio around the U.S.

Senate President Keith Faber says a group studying Ohio's oil-and-gas severance tax is likely to have a report with various recommendations in time to meet its deadline.

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Government requirements for the use of solar, wind and other forms of renewable energy by Ohio power companies would be suspended indefinitely under recommendations being prepared for release by a legislative study panel.

Residents in three Ohio counties where Secretary of State Jon invalidated anti-fracking ballot issues have lost a lawsuit before the Ohio Supreme Court.

Wind Patterns Affect Toxic Algae Blooms

Sep 8, 2015
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Wind patterns, this summer, have created a “good news/bad news” scenario regarding toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie. Toledo may not see a repeat of last year’s bloom that left residents there without drinking water for three days. But, the threat of a toxin bloom along Northeast Ohio’s coastline is elevated.

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An environmental group says there’s a new study that shows a growing interest in solar energy. 

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A new report, from Healthy Water Ohio, a coalition of business and environmental groups, calls for the creation of a $250 million trust to fund water protection in Ohio. 

Environmental Activist Groups Launch Big Ad Buy Against Incumbent Ohio Senator

Sep 2, 2015
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Two weeks after the announcement of a big ad campaign by a conservative organization against a leading Democrat in next year’s US Senate race, environmental activists have launched ads against the incumbent Republican.

Residents in three Ohio counties where Secretary of State Jon Husted  invalidated anti-fracking ballot issues this fall are arguing that voters, not the elections chief, should decide the substance of such issues.

Fracking Foes Sue Ohio Elections Chief Over Ballot Ruling

Aug 20, 2015

Residents of Fulton, Medina and Athens counties have sued Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted after he invalidated ballot proposals related to the oil-and-gas drilling technique of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

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