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Don’t Let Ohio Coal Get A Bailout

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Carbon pollution rolls from Sammis Coal-fired Power Plant. Utilities are asking PUCO to approve passing costs for outdated plants like Sammis onto customers. credit: Akron Beacon Journal

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.

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Fight for Ohio’s State Forests – No Logging!

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Shawnee State Forest trail next to logging site. Which is the trail? Where are the logging roads? Why can’t we tell?

Ohio DNR wants to clear-cut and burn it’s way through Ohio’s natural forests. Take action

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Years of Living Dangerously

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Years of Living Dangerously

New Showtime documentary showing the human impacts of climate change. Learn more and what you can do as an individual to #actonclimate

See the first episode here

 

 

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Legislative Program

The Sierra Club Ohio Chapter’s legislative program encourages policies that protect and preserve Ohio’s environment. Legislative issues include clean energy, energy efficiency, building codes, public transit, public lands protection, factory farm regulation, and clean water. Sierra Club works to influence legislation by educating lawmakers and the media, using action alerts to create public pressure about an issue, and organizing citizen lobby days at the Statehouse.

 

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Echo Tape Check

Brandi Whetstone, Jen Miller, Linda Reeder, Scott Taylor, and Dominic Caminati.

The Ohio Chapter and ECHO Tape announce another year of partnership. The Sierra Club is proud to work with an outstanding Ohio-based, green business like ECHO Tape. Ohio Chapter staff and Treasurer receive a donation from ECHO Tape’s Scott Taylor and Dominic Caminati.
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Pat McKenna, chair of the Sierra Club Northeast Ohio Group, presented testimony to the Ohio Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee on Senate Bill 165. This legislation updates Ohio’s urban drilling law by proposing a fee to fund oil and gas oversight, and by introducing an orphan well program that will help reduce abandoned wells.  Read more to see Sierra Club’s testimony.

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The Ohio House passed House Bill 7 on Wednesday, December 16 , which establishes energy efficiency standards for state funded building projects.  HB 7 will benefit Ohio’s environment and save taxpayers dollars. Stay tuned for more information after the new year as we look to the Ohio Senate.

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Mining Under Burr Oak State Park

December 19th, 2009

“The Sierra Club believes that any policy allowing mineral extraction or mining in a state park creates a slippery slope, making other parks vulnerable to these practices by setting a dangerous precedent,” said Jen Miller, Sierra Club Ohio Chapter staff.

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The Ohio Senate passed House Bill 363 on December 9, the very same day that the bill was voted out of the Senate Agriculture Committee.   The bill would transfer water permitting authority of factory farms from the Ohio EPA to the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

The Ohio House passed House Bill 363 on Dec. 1, in favor of transferring Clean Water Act authority to an administrative body whose mission is aligned with the agricultural industry. It is an abdication of responsibility from Ohio EPA, which is legally mandated to protect public health and the environment.  It is unprecedented for environmental permitting and enforcement authority to be handed over to an agency that is not charged with the goal of environmental protection.
In Ohio, CAFOs generate over 10.5 million tons of manure per year, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. Concentrated livestock production leads to concentrated manure production. This can result in manure over-application, where it can easily run off into local rivers and streams, and leach into groundwater.
Our Legislators must consider ODA’s poor track record before handing over authority to regulate water pollution generated by CAFOs. A study by the Environmental Integrity Project reveals ODA’s weak enforcement record under the current regulatory program, and a failure to address air and water pollution created by factory farms.  Ohioans will continue to suffer severe consequences from factory farm pollution without proper guidelines and enforcement.  In light of Ohio Department of Agriculture’s weak track record, Ohioans deserve a better equipped agency to protect our drinking water, our quality of life and the state’s natural resources.

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