Since the news broke of lead contamination in drinking water in Sebring, Ohio, the OEC has been diligently working on the issue. In less than a month, we’ve developed legislative concepts to fix the problems in the federal lead and copper rule using state law, and we’ve been sharing these proposals with congressional and state lawmakers.
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As winter re-establishes itself this week, there is another world beginning to take shape. A world where water and ice dance between life and death. A world where an organism’s decision can mean a full meal or missed lunch. This world is known as a vernal pool, or seasonal wetland.
In the aftermath of widespread lead contamination in drinking water in Flint, Michigan, people across the country have started asking: could my water be contaminated, too? While Flint represents the worst-case scenario, we are learning that this is not an isolated problem. In late January, reports surfaced that Sebring, Ohio, a small community in northeast Ohio, had lead contamination in their water as well.
Last week, the United States Supreme Court gave a surprise decision on the Clean Power Plan – the nation’s first-ever carbon pollution standards for power plants. The Court’s announcement to halt the implementation of the CPP has shocked many, and for good reason. The Supreme Court has never stopped implementation of a regulation before a lower federal court has had its say.
On Tuesday, Jan. 26, Toledo City Council heard presentations from the Ohio Environmental Council and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency about current and potential efforts to prevent toxic algae from threatening people’s drinking water and the safety of Lake Erie’s beaches.
Gov. Kasich’s supportive remarks about clean energy and Ohio’s role in innovating for the future couldn’t come at a better time. Ohio is in the midst of a heated debate about the future of clean – and dirty – energy in our state.
Wait, what just happened? You might be asking yourself this if you just read the Bloomberg News Headline: “EPA Science Advisors Balk at Fracking Study.”
“It just seemed so sneaky,” she says. “I didn't know what was going on.”
World leaders agree: it’s time to act
I still remember getting up bright and early with my sisters on Christmas morning, waiting with great excitement for my parents to wake up so we could start unwrapping the bounty of gifts piled beneath the colorfully -lit tree.
Now some of Ohio's electric utilities are looking for their own gifts under the tree and if they get their way, you'll be buying them some pricy presents for the foreseeable future.