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Ohio diverts money from coal mine cleanup fund as ...

A $5 million transfer from a fund meant to guarantee environmental cleanup of shuttered coal mines in Ohio could prolong reclamation efforts or leave taxpayers on the hook in the event of unexpected closures. Ohio’s Reclamation Forfeiture Fund is paid into by mining companies to make sure money is available to restore land to its natural state if companies abandon their operations. Reclamation includes treating water...

Q&A: Business group offers Ohio candidates a ...

Ohio’s next governor could grow the state’s economy by supporting clean energy, according to a business group’s policy agenda released last week. Ohio Advanced Energy Economy urged Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Robert Cordray to adopt policies that promote clean energy. The organization is an affiliate of a national association representing companies in the cleantech and renewable energy sectors. Midwest Energy News...

Worthington councilmen pushing for clean-energy pr...

Worthington voters could see a Nov. 6 ballot issue that would give them the option to invest in clean and renewable energy sources. Many details are uncertain, but like the city’s purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates earlier this year, for now the investment likely would be in the industry and its technology rather than direct use of “green” electricity to power their homes. In March, Worthington City Council members...

Conti Solar Begins Construction of Largest Landfil...

EDISON, N.J., May 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Conti Solar, a national solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), O&M and energy storage development company, has begun construction on the largest landfill solar project in Ohio. Located in Cuyahoga County, the 4 MW project is owned and operated by IGS Solar, a commercial and residential solar provider and an affiliate company of IGS Energy, one of the largest...

BY MAY 23, OHIO HOUSE COULD VOTE ON HB 393, OIL AN...

HB 393 Fact Sheet Say “NO” to HB393/SB 165, Say “NO” to Oil and Gas Waste on Our Roads Ohio state lawmakers are pushing ahead with Ohio House Bill 393 and Ohio Senate Bill 165 that will allow oil and gas waste, including fracking fluids, to be sold as a “commodity.” These products would be available in stores, and expand the use of hazardous waste as a road deicer by the Ohio Department of Transportation. Oil and gas...

Oberlin Council passes climate resolution

OBERLIN — City Council voted unanimously Monday evening to approve a resolution calling on the U.S. Congress to accept climate solution legislation. The resolution would call on Congress to pass “carbon fee and dividend” legislation that would give an economic incentive for people and companies to become more fuel-efficient. The policy would charge a rising fee at sources such as oil wells, coal mines, etc. The proposed fee...

Ohio wind-farm rules eased in proposed state Senat...

CLEVELAND, Ohio — There soon may be more wind farms in Ohio. The Ohio Senate’s GOP leadership is making an effort to encourage wind-farm development in the state by eliminating restrictive rules that previous GOP leadership slipped into a budget bill four years ago. The 2014 changes lengthened the distance a wind turbine can be to an adjoining property line  to 1,125 feet — rather than to the nearest home...

Fracking produces tons of radioactive waste. What ...

The Marcellus Shale has transformed the Appalachian Basin into an energy juggernaut. Even amid a recent drilling slowdown, regional daily production averages enough natural gas to power more than 200,000 U.S. homes for a year. But the rise of hydraulic fracturing over the past decade has created another boom: tons of radioactive materials experts call an “orphan” waste stream. No federal agency fully regulates oil and gas...

Top candidates for Ohio House speaker back bailout...

Updated on May 11, 2018: We’ve updated this post with a response from Rep. Larry Householder regarding his flight to Washington, D.C. aboard FirstEnergy’s corporate jet for President Donald Trump’s inauguration, and why he later sponsored a bill to bail out FirstEnergy’s nuclear power plants in Ohio.  Larry Householder and Ryan Smith, the two front-runners in the race to replace Cliff Rosenberger as Ohio House speaker, have...

Monsanto concealed effects of toxic chemical for d...

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine sued agricultural giant Monsanto on Monday, alleging the company concealed dangers posed by a toxic chemical compound it manufactured for nearly a half century. In the suit, filed in the Hamilton County Common Pleas Court in Cincinnati, prosecutors argued that the company should pay...

Voters approve Athens carbon fee

Athens voters overwhelmingly approved a carbon fee in the primary election that will be collected to fund solar projects in town. There were 1,410 votes in favor of the initiative and just 437 against, according to figures provided Tuesday night by the Athens County Board of Elections. The results are unofficial. As The Messenger has previously reported, the opt-out carbon fee will only charge members of the Southeast Ohio...

On Ohio home-rule rights, here are the lawmakers w...

 Opinion, Editorials, Letters and Columns Regulation of assault weapons isn’t the only home-rule power that the General Assembly yanked from Ohio’s cities and villages. Earlier, in 2004, the legislature denied Ohio’s 900-plus cities and villages any authority over the “permitting, location, and spacing of oil and gas wells.” Roll of shame of Ohio lawmakers who overrode GOP Gov. Taft’s 2006...

Appalachia’s Toxic Dumping Ground

Ohio residents speak out about the state’s influx of fracking waste The abandoned Ginsburg injection well sits exposed to the elements in Athens, Ohio. The community organization Torch CAN DO is campaigning to close and plug the open pit. Photo by Roxanne Groff Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week the trucks stream through eastern Ohio’s rolling landscape along Highway 50. Most come from West Virginia and Pennsylvania....

Hamilton’s (Ohio) energy is getting greener, and r...

HAMILTON — Butler County’s largest city, already known for its green energy — with ownership of three hydroelectric generators on two rivers — now can become a bit greener with its electricity. City Council recently approved new regulations that will allow residents to use solar-energy panels and sell excess energy to the municipally owned electric utility. Hamilton utility staff also is working to make the same opportunity...

First Solar to build new manufacturing plant in no...

First Solar Inc. plans to build a new solar panel manufacturing facility near its North American factory complex in Perrysburg Township, a move that’s expected to create 500 jobs. The Tempe, Ariz.-based company in an announcement Thursday said the expansion plan calls for a $400 million, 1 million-square-foot facility in Lake Township, just east of Perrysburg Township in Wood County. Construction is expected to begin...