We hope you can join the Sierra Club for our annual Chapter Retreat. As one of the largest and most influential environmental organizations in the state, this is the time each year where we celebrate our victories, renew our spirits, and make our plans the year ahead. All are welcome, and meals will be provided for members who register.
In June 2014, Governor Kasich signed into law a bill that guts Ohio’s clean energy and efficiency standards. Passing this new law was not enough for Ohio’s utilities, though.
Now, Ohio’s largest electric utilities, AEP, Duke, and FirstEnergy are seeking to keep a number of Ohio’s oldest and dirtiest power plants open for years to come.
And they want you and me to pay for it.
Ohio House Votes to Give Dept of Ag Oversight of Water Permits for Factory Farms
December 3rd, 2009
On Dec. 1, Ohio Chapter member Teri Reinhart testified in opposition to the transfer of the NPDES water permitting program for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).
We continue to have serious concerns over ODA program deficiencies in light of the tremendous impacts of CAFOs on public health and water quality. The Ohio House voted in favor of House Bill 363 on Dec. 1, transferring Clean Water Act authority to an administrative body that is biased in favor of the agricultural industry. Furthermore, it is an abdication of responsibility from Ohio EPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.
To learn more, please click on CAFO testimony Dec. 1