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June 16, 2016

By Kristy Meyer, Managing Director, Natural Resources
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Sunday morning I woke to news of the passing of former Mayor, Governor, and U.S. Senator George Voinovich.

I first met George Voinovich when I was 15. I was with a friend in a toy store. My friend and I went back and forth as to whether or not it was really Governor Voinovich. I finally ended up asking and leaving quickly, 50 shades of red. Years later, then Senator Voinovich and I had a good chuckle about this experience.

June 10, 2016

By Melanie Houston
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Yesterday, I joined Ohio EPA and Governor John Kasich to celebrate the official signing of HB 512 into law. That’s right! Ohio’s landmark bill to keep lead out of drinking water is officially the law of the land.
Your action on this issue, from donating, to contacting the Governor, to sharing my blog posts, means the world to me. We couldn’t have pushed this bill forward without you. You can read my comments from the event below:

May 26, 2016

By Melanie Houston
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When I received the news that the Ohio Senate unanimously (32-0) passed Governor Kasich’s lead reforms yesterday, tears immediately filled my eyes.

May 16, 2016

“Procrastination is the thief of time,” said 17th century poet Edward Young. In the case of Ohio’s clean energy standards, procrastination has become the thief of not only time, but progress.

In 2014, the Ohio General Assembly put Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards on ice. This came with a promise that the Energy Mandates Study Committee would take the time to really examine the costs and benefits of clean energy, and make recommendations on what Ohio’s policy should be.

May 11, 2016

By Trent Dougherty, General Counsel

OK, the Giant Leap Forward quote . . . it’s not exactly mine, but it really sums up Tuesday afternoon’s vote quite well. The Ohio House Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Tuesday, favorably voted out HB 512 - the Governor’s Lead Contamination legislation. The quote was actually from Committee member Representative Dave Hall (R- Killbuck) just moments before a nearly unanimous vote to approve the bill – legislation that we here at OEC give our highest badge of support: Three-Frogs of Approval!

April 28, 2016

By Trent Dougherty, General Counsel

On Wednesday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) blocked two Ohio utilities’ plans to bail out dirty coal plants by raising Ohioans’ electricity bills. FERC agreed with the OEC and our environmental, consumer and industry group partners that the bailouts potentially undermine federal protections for electricity customers.

April 27, 2016

On Tuesday, April 26, OEC's Melanie Houston spoke in support of House Bill 512. The bill would ensure stronger safeguards against lead in drinking water. 

This issue resonates for Melanie on a personal level. Learn more about HB 512 and how it will help Ohioans. 

April 22, 2016

By Kristy Meyer, Managing Director, Natural Resources
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Each year, Asian carp swim closer and closer to the Great Lakes. The carp are invasive and wreak havoc on native ecosystems. If they reach Lake Erie, there will be dire consequences for native species and the tourism and recreation industries.

April 19, 2016

The following blog is from Rob McCulloch Director, Infrastructure Programs at the BlueGreen Alliance and Melanie Houston, Director of Oil and Gas Policy for the Ohio Environmental Council.

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On April 8, labor and environmental advocates hosted Senator Brown and local union members and elected officials for a roundtable discussion about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new methane standards for the oil and gas industry. The discussion focused on how we can create critically needed jobs and improve working conditions for workers while also providing important environmental protections for Ohio’s at risk communities. Most in the room agreed that this can be accomplished by fixing leaks and reducing methane emissions in the oil and gas sector. The roundtable was held at the Noble County Health Department in Caldwell, Ohio.

April 11, 2016

By Melanie Houston
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The OEC recently stood with the Ohio EPA to announce an aggressive plan to shore up Ohio’s laws and better protect Ohioans from the risk of lead exposure through drinking water. This groundbreaking proposal comes on the heels of a public health crisis from lead leaching into drinking water in Flint, Michigan and a similar, but smaller scale exposure, in Sebring, Ohio.


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