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
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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
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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.

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

ODNR / Ohio Department of Natural Resources

The findings of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study on Buckeye Lake dam are serious.

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The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is studying ways to protect Ginseng, a plant highly prized in Asia for claimed medicinal qualities. Recent media attention has caused a surge in ginseng harvesting.

Rick Campbell and Kelly Caldwell sit at their dining table in their rural Morgan County home looking out at the snow covered hills. Scattered beneath the snowy mantle is wild ginseng. Campbell has spent most of his adult life dealing in the exotic commodity. He says he first dug ginseng, which he calls ‘sang, when he was 18 years old. How did he know what he’d found?

Ohio Legislature Weighs New 'Run-off' Regs For Farmers

Mar 9, 2015

The Ohio House is expected to vote on legislation this week to regulate fertilizer and manure run-off from fields. The run-off is partially blamed for a toxic algae bloom on Lake Erie that disrupted water supply for 400,000 Toledo residents last summer.

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation spokeswoman Yvonne Lesicko says the house bill will help reduce the threat of toxic algae blooms.

“I think it’s absolutely a critical piece in terms of a larger comprehensive way, and a larger comprehensive solution to deal with what happened in Lake Erie,” says Lesicko.

I-70 Westbound On East Side Open Following Accident

Mar 3, 2015

A semi-truck hauling lawn fertilizer caused westbound lanes of I-70 on the city’s east side to close for several hours this morning.

Three lanes of I-70 westbound on the city’s east side re-opened around 1 p.m. One lane remained restricted between Miller-Kelton and Alum Creek exits at that time.

EPA Regulations and the Future of Coal

Jun 10, 2014

What are the economics behind the EPA's newly proposed regulations? It is estimated that one-third of the United States energy came from coal in 2012. However, coal has also been blamed for a large amount of the US's carbon emissions. Does regulating and reducing carbon emissions result in lost jobs and increased energy prices, or are the coal companies simply blowing smoke?

Fertilizer, Algae and Our Water

Jan 9, 2014

11:00 Tap water tasting odd? Columbus is spending $600,000 to treat algae in water from the Hoover Reservoir. Though this algae is believed to be safe for consumption,  the farm fertilizer runoff producing algal blooms is causing changes to our ecosystem. This hour we'll get an update on filtration efforts, and talk about a program designed to curb nutrient runoff. Guests

10:00 Last week research revealed that a 2011 earthquake in Youngstown, OH could be linked to hydraulic fracturing in that area. Some worry about fracking's dangers, citing water pollution and respiratory illness among them. Others say it's a safe way to extract a wealth of natural gas from the earth. This hour we'll get an update on the debate in Ohio and Pennsylvania, and see if industry promises have come true. Guests

Environmentalism...with a Twist

May 14, 2013

10:00 Want to get a good night's sleep? Best not to think about the 10 million mattresses that get tossed into American landfills each year, posing all kinds of ecological and public health risks. This hour, we'll talk about the green sleep revolution, and new companies that up-cycle mattresses. We'll also hear from the founder of The Big Green Head, and check in with an artist whose work is preserving the planet.


Green Energy's Past and Future

Feb 25, 2013

10:00 It's easy to view the evolution from  horse-drawn carriage to jetliner as a straight line of increasing energy consumption, but Atlantic editor Alexis Magrigal tells us that's not the case. In this hour, Madrigal will discuss his book, Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology, in which he investigates why so many alternative energy projects have been abandoned, and the opportunities that lie ahead. Guests

Air Pollution in Ohio

Nov 10, 2011

10:00 Twenty-one years ago Congress passed the Clean Air Act to clean up toxic air pollution, but the regulatory system in place still leaves many American communities exposed to risky concentrations of benzene, formaldehyde, mercury and many other hazardous chemicals. An investigation by NPR and The Center for Public Integrity found that almost 400 power plants, refineries, chemical plants and other industrial facilities are "high priority violators" of the Clean Air Act... And half of those plants are in six states: Ohio, Texas, Illinois, Louisiana, Wisconsin and Indiana.

Drought Devastation

Jul 25, 2011

Bone-Dry conditions across nearly a third of the lower 48 states are leading some farmers to run their wells dry to irrigate fields...and forcing ranchers to sell off entire herds of cattle. From Florida to Arizona, a drought has reached historic levels in the U.S. We’re not alone. Around the globe, drought conditions are causing famine in the horn of Africa, in England and elsewhere. What causes drought and why does it persist? We'll discuss this and more today on All Sides with Ann Fisher. Guests:

Ohio and the Global Clean Energy Race

Apr 27, 2011

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid returned on Monday from from a week-long visit to China, after meeting with high-ranking Chinese officials. Reid came back impressed by advances China was making with clean energy. He stated... “China isn’t investing so heavily in clean energy just because it’s good for the environment - it’s doing so because it’s good for the economyâ€? (AFP).

Once Spring arrives, snow melt and spring rains create seasonal wetlands, and with them, a lush world that exists for only a few months each year. Thousands of different organisms comprise what are called "vernal pools." But they are disappearing. Ninety percent of these forms of wetlands in Ohio have disappeared over the course of the last 200 years.

The history of coal mining in America and the human and environmental costs of our reliance on coal for energy, with journalist and Coal Free Future project founder <strong>Jeff Biggers</strong>.

Eco-Friendly Companies and Greener Living

Dec 28, 2009

Companies producing eco-friendly products and easy steps toward living a greener lifestyle, with former Audubon magazine editor-in-chief and Whole Green Catalog editor Michael Robbins.

Author and journalist Colin Beaven talks about his year-long project in which he, his wife, his daughter and his dog attempted to live in New York City with as little environmental impact as possible.

Environmentalists say Ohio is allowing polluters to damage the health of many residents, particularly the state's poorest and minorities. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports, the environmentalists say a special commission is needed to clear the air.