Click here to submit public comments to Ohio EPA by November 19.
1.) Insist algae toxin standards be created for Ohio drinking water supplies
2.) Request mandatory testing to occur at community water systems
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.
March 12th, 2014
In January 2014, 300,000 of our neighbors in Charleston West Virginia lost access to clean drinking water after coal processing chemicals were spilled by Freedom Industries. The impact of the spill to the public health, the environment, the economy, and overall quality of life in the region has been staggering. While our thoughts remain with the victims of the spill, it has also heightened our concern for Ohio.
Coal mining, fracking, sewage, and algae blooms, prompt many Ohioans to ask what would happen if my water was not safe to drink? In Ohio, corporate polluters are in bed with public officials, safeguards are lacking for industry putting our water at risk. In fact the owner of Freedom Industries, Rosebud Mining Company, has pending mining applications and expired permits in Ohio. In addition, dozens of coal prep facilities in Ohio do not meet current water discharge standards (listen to the story on ONN). Will the next catastrophic spill be in our backyard?
What happened in West Virginia should be more than just a reminder that industry needs regulation, but a call to action, a call to protect clean water. Join us this spring as we call upon our public officials to protect Ohio’s water from Dirty Coal, Fracked Gas, and Big Agriculture. Take part in online actions, make a phone call to your elected officials, and join the Sierra Club and OEC for environmental lobby day March 26th at the Columbus Statehouse. Above all else, make a commitment to get involved this spring and help raise awareness in your community. Share your clean water concerns with friends and neighbors. By standing together we can protect our water at the source, drive public officials to action, and hold corporate polluters accountable.