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2015 Ohio Sierra Club Retreat

Mohican-winterWe 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.

Join us at Mohican State Park Lodge for the Annual Chapter Retreat on Jan 31st- Feb 1st!

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Stop Toxins from Algae in Drinking Water

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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

 

 

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 Utilities are asking PUCO to approve passing costs for outdated plants like Sammis onto customers.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.

Take Action ->

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Agriculture

Ohio is a major food producer in the United States. Livestock agriculture has dramatically shifted away from traditional family farming. New and expanding Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), or factory farms, pose significant problems to public health, quality of life and the environment. CAFOs produce over ten million tons of manure per year, with some individual facilities creating more waste than medium-sized cities. These facilities significantly impact communities with foul odors, air pollution, water pollution and declining property values. We can reduce environmental and public health impacts of agricultural production by purchasing sustainable, local foods. Visit the Agriculture Committee page to learn more about our efforts and get involved.

 

Agriculture - Latest News

Although the overuse of antibiotics in agriculture is widely known, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is still allowing the prevention of disease to be included in the definition as a therapeutic use of antibiotics.Ask them to take stronger action to control the widespread use of antibiotics in food animal production.

Photo: Lomo Corn by Kevin Dooley

Photo: Lomo Corn by Kevin Dooley

Do you know where your food comes from, or the environmental impacts of putting that food on the table?

Join Sierra Club, Aveda Institute Columbus, Local Matters, and Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association at Studio 35 in Columbus for a movie screening of King Corn, paired with the follow-up film Big River.

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Photo courtesy of Meaduva

Photo: "roosters", by Meaduva

The campaign has started! Ohioans for Humane Farms needs 600,000 signatures to get a measure on the Ohio November ballot. This initiative will end extreme confinement of livestock in tiny cages, stop downer cows from entering the human food chain, and stop inhumane methods of euthanasia.

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The Sierra Club Ohio Chapter recently endorsed a ballot measure to adopt minimum standards that will prevent the cruel and inhumane treatment of farm animals, enhance food safety, protect the environment and strengthen Ohio family farms.  Read on to see the Ohioans for Humane Farms press release and help us gather signatures by contacting Laurel Hopwood.

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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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