Environment

Bill Would Offer Incentives For CNG-Powered Vehicles

May 1, 2015
CNG station
Flickr / Creative Commons

Two state lawmakers are reigniting their effort to encourage the use of compressed natural gas, or CNG, to fuel cars. But the bill will have to go through a Legislature that just voted to get rid of some alternative fuel requirements.

Tom Borgerding / WOSU News

State and local emergency leaders will spend the next days and weeks refining evacuation procedures at Buckeye Lake after this weekend's drill.

Residents are coping with lower levels as the state rebuilds the lake's ailing dam.

State sets construction, dock rules at Ohio's Buckeye Lake

Apr 15, 2015
Buckeye Lake
Ohio EPA

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has set new construction and dock policies at central Ohio's Buckeye Lake, where federal officials have warned a deteriorating dam could fail.

Jeb Bush Praises Ohio Drilling Boon Ahead Of Speech

Apr 14, 2015
Jeb Bush
Bradley Parks

GOP White House prospect Jeb Bush is praising the economic potential of swing-state Ohio's drilling industry even as the state's Republican governor pushes a tax hike on drillers.

A national environmental group has launched a $500,000 ad campaign against U.S. Sen. Rob Portman in Ohio claiming a federal budget amendment he introduced could undercut the enforceability of the federal Clean Air Act.

Transportation Budget Cuts Alternative Fuel Mandate

Apr 7, 2015
Flexible fuel pump
U.S. Department of Agriculture / Flickr

The transportation budget signed last week includes a change for the state’s vehicle fleet: The budget cuts out a requirement on alternative fuels that had been in place for most of a decade.

Tina Copeland

At one time, the Darby Plains Prairie region occupied some 400 square miles in west Central Ohio. In the 1970s, the Metro Parks system began attempts to restore a semblance of that prairie. Seeds were collected by hand and sown at the Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park west of Columbus.

Impact Of Ohio’s Moves To Reduce Lake Erie Algae Years Away

Mar 28, 2015
File Photo

Ohio’s new rules to clamp down on some of the pollutants feeding the toxic algae in Lake Erie aren’t likely to show immediate results.

Backers of the legislation approved this past week in the Ohio Statehouse say it will be at least a couple years before it’s known how the changes will affect water quality.

That’s because there are many factors that have led to the algae outbreaks. Some Ohio lawmakers think neighboring states including Michigan and Indiana need to take action to reduce their pollutants going into Lake Erie.

Leaders: Lake Erie Algae Bill Moves Ohio In Right Direction

Mar 25, 2015
Lake Erie
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Legislative leaders in Ohio are praising new rules for farmers aimed at cutting down the toxic algae in Lake Erie.

The wide-ranging proposal is expected to be voted out of the Ohio House and Senate on Wednesday afternoon.

ODNR / Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Ohio emergency management officials plan to discuss the precarious situation with a faulty dam at Buckeye Lake.

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