News Release | Environment Ohio

Cincinnati resolution supports aggressive efficiency measures

CINCINNATI –Environment Ohio and business leaders joined Cincinnati Councilmember Chris Seelbach to announce the introduction of a city resolution in support of Ohio’s energy efficiency standard today. Speaking alongside state environmental groups and business leaders, Councilman Seelbach cited energy efficiency’s environmental and consumer benefits to the city and urged state lawmakers to protect Ohio’s commitments to clean energy. The resolution adds Cincinnati’s voice to a growing chorus of municipalities from around Ohio urging state lawmakers to honor Ohio’s commitment to clean energy under its Clean Energy Law. The resolution passed unanimously in council.

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100 Day Anniversary of Superstorm Sandy Marked with Call for Action on Global Warming

Columbus, OH—As communities in New Jersey and New York are still struggling to rebuild 100 days after Superstorm Sandy slammed the Mid-Atlantic, Environment Ohio urged state and federal officials to redouble their efforts to tackle global warming. Scientists have warned that global warming is helping to fuel the recent increase in extreme weather, and will make events like Superstorm Sandy, and last summer’s record drought, more severe and more frequent unless more is done to cut the carbon pollution fueling global warming.

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Youngstown Fracking Waste Spill Evidence of Broader State Negligence

COLUMBUS – A week after the dumping of at least 20,000 gallons of toxic and potentially radioactive fracking waste into the Mahoning River by Hard Rock Excavating, state regulators have yet to disclose information about the quantity of waste and the chemicals involved. Environmental advocates are urging the state to act quickly to prosecute the perpetrator and look beyond the one incident to take more aggressive steps to protect the state’s public health and environment from future threats.

News Release | Environment Ohio Research & Policy Center

Study warns of fracking waste influx

COLUMBUS – A new report by researchers at Kent State and Duke Universities shows that fracking waste generated in the region has increase 570 percent since 2004, and warns of an explosion of waste in years to come. In 2011, the most recent year for which complete records are available, 12.8 million barrels of wastewater were dumped into Ohio’s underground wells. Over half of that came from fracking in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, where drilling in the Marcellus Shale has been more extensive.

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Environmental groups and solar industry tout Cincinnati green plan

CINCINNATI – Environmental groups and solar industry representatives applauded the latest draft of Cincinnati’s green plan on Tuesday morning. The draft plan, presented to city council’s Committee for Strategic Growth by the city Office of Environmental Quality, includes a renewable energy chapter dedicated to expanding the use of solar power in the city’s energy mix and the role that Cincinnati can play in promoting clean energy investments to residents, businesses, and local institutions. The plan will pave the way for more solar energy investments, less pollution, and good jobs in the city of Cincinnati, and final version could be ready for council approval as early as April.

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