Do you enjoy the summer butterflies? Well, as these pollinator populations dwindle, the OhioDepartment of Agriculture and Wayne National Forest are planning to spray a dangerous insecticide called BtK all over Ohio to decrease the Gypsy Moth, a non-native moth that impacts trees through eating of leaves. Unfortunately, BtK doesn’t just kill the Gypsy Moth – it could wipe out every type of butterfly or moth it touches. Read More
The Great Lakes are a national treasure, and economically support a $7 billion fishing industry, $16 billion boating industry, and 1.5 million jobs. The introduction of Asian carp and other species puts the well-being of our communities, wildlife, and waters at risk.
$2 Billion Proposal Backs Uranium Enrichment in Ohio
November 6th, 2009
On October 27, the Ohio Senate passed Senate Resolution 108, urging President Obama to grant a $2 billion taxpayer-backed loan guarantee to USEC, the corporation that is building a uranium enrichment plant at Piketon, Ohio. On August 4, the US Dept. of Energy deferred review of the USEC loan application until a series of specific technology and financial milestones have been met.
The bill also urges US Sec. of Energy Steven Chu to provide federal funding assistance for what has been termed a “Clean Energy Park Demonstration Project” at the Piketon site. This means funding for a nuclear power plant proposed to be built on the Piketon site, as was announced in July of 2009.
A new nuclear power plant would be extremely expensive and would require massive taxpayer subsidies, including state subsidies. A new plant would also cause large rate increases. First Energy, which owns the 2 nuclear power plants in northern Ohio, charges the highest electric rates in Ohio.