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Why Plan? Articles by Jurgen Pape – January ...

Why Plan? February 2017 This is a continuation of my previous editorials from several years ago, then called “Why Plan?” My emphasis now is on the environment. Mahatma Gandhi made many profound statements. One can be applied to the environment: “The future depends on what we do today!” Since water is crucial to everyone (more so than oil), the use or mis-use of it is becoming more of a major factor. Already wars have been...

Court Tosses an Obama-Era Climate Rule That Trump ...

The Trump administration’s attempt to defend one aspect of Barack Obama’s climate agenda failed as a federal court tossed a regulation to limit harmful chemicals used in air conditioners and refrigerators. The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, in a 2-1 decision, ruled Tuesday the Environmental Protection Agency overstepped its authority in prohibiting the use of certain refrigerants that are potent greenhouse gases. In...

EPA Disregards Toxic Weed Killer’s Risks to Childr...

EPA Disregards Toxic Weed Killer’s Risks to Children The Environmental Protection Agency appears poised to approve Dow Chemical’s bid to market a new toxic weed killer based on an agency analysis that failed to consider its danger to children’s health, as federal law requires. This new toxic herbicide would be marketed to farmers to indiscriminately spray on fields of corn and soybeans that have been planted with recently...

Dow Chemical Pushes White House to Kill Risk Study...

WASHINGTON — Dow Chemical is pushing a Trump administration that’s open to scrapping regulations to ignore the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to about 1,800 critically threatened or endangered species. Dow Chemical is pushing the Trump administration to scrap the findings of federal scientists who warn common pesticides will harm 1,800 species. Dave Martin / AP...

Ohio EPA Has the Data about Our Water

Ground Water Quality Characterization Program As the designated state water quality management agency, Ohio EPA is responsible for defining and reporting on ambient ground water quality conditions, assessing ground water quality problems and recommending strategies for preventing contamination. Good information on past and present ambient ground water quality, the extent of ground water contamination problems and the...

EPA chief backtracks on delaying rules reducing em...

WASHINGTON (AP) — One day after 15 states sued him, Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt backtracked on delaying Obama-era rules intended to reduce emissions of smog-causing air pollutants. Pruitt contended his agency was being more responsive than past administrations to states’ needs. He made no mention Wednesday of the legal challenges to his earlier stand. At issue is an Oct. 1 deadline for states to...

Battle over the Clean Water Rule: What’s at ...

The issue, which involves certain wetlands and temporary waterways, is likely to end up in court (again).   July 18, 2017 —Just who gets to regulate America’s many seasonal streams and wetlands? That’s a question that has long been contentious. At the end of June, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt formally proposed revoking the Obama-era Clean Water Rule, also known as the “Waters of the US” rule, or...

Experts slam Trump administration’s flawed analysi...

“Everything about this repeal is bogus and slapdash.” The economic analysis that the Trump administration is using to support its repeal of an Obama-era water pollution rule has serious flaws, economists and regulatory experts told Bloomberg BNA. And legal experts told ThinkProgress that relying on a flawed economic analysis could open the Trump administration up to serious legal problems down the road. Economists warned...

Ohio EPA: Rover Pipeline refusing to comply

MANSFIELD – The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has asked the company installing the Rover Pipeline to be respectful of the environment, but it has ignored such requests. The state of Ohio intends to change that. During a Monday conference call with media, Craig Butler, the director of the Ohio EPA, said the Ohio EPA has issued a unilateral order to Energy Transfer Partners, the parent company of Rover Pipeline,...

EPA Chief’s Refusal To Ban Pesticide ‘Puts All Chi...

The American Academy of Pediatrics says the agency “has no basis” to continue allowing brain-damaging chlorpyrifos on crops. WASHINGTON — A leading organization of pediatricians warns that Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s refusal to ban a widely used pesticide threatens the health of children, developing fetuses and pregnant women. The American Academy of Pediatrics and Environmental Working...

State of the Great Lakes Report 2017 shows Lake Er...

Recently release government report assessing the Health of the Great Lakes shows Lake Erie’s ecosystem to be in poor health with many conditions deteriorating. Kristi Garabrandt — The News-Herald Lake Erie is not only in poor health, but it’s the worst of the five Great Lakes. That’s according to the State of The Great Lakes 2017 Highlights Report recently released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Canada. The...

Report claims Ohio one of worst states for water q...

Nearly one in four Americans — 77 million people in the U.S. — are drinking water that comes from untested or contaminated systems, and Ohio ranks as one of the worst states for offenses. A new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council found that there were nearly 80,000 violations impacting every state in the U.S. in 2015, but consequences were few and far between due to a lack of under-reporting and lax enforcement...

Questions linger decades after River Valley cleanu...

MARION — Twenty-some years ago, parents in the River Valley School District became alarmed at the statistically high number of cancer patients there, many of them current or former students. Their fears grabbed the attention of public health officials, who began studies to determine the cause. Despite years of investigation, no scientific link ever was made between the illnesses and the tons of toxic sludge buried beneath...

Fig Leaves Are Out. What to Wear to Be Kind to the...

In the Garden of Eden, figuring out what to wear was easy and the fig leaves were environmentally friendly. Today, it’s much harder to find clothes that don’t have some kind of negative impact on the planet. Textile manufacturers use complicated chemical and industrial processes to make clothing materials, from cotton to synthetic fibers. And while the environmental consequences aren’t always clear, consumption is growing....

Can a Web Address Help Save the Planet? .eco Think...

Can a Web Address Help Save the Planet? .eco Thinks So And Al Gore, Google and Tesla Are Paying Attention And Al Gore, Google and Tesla Are Paying Attention The new .eco web address endings can be purchased by companies and organizations committed to improving and caring for the environment. Phonies beware: The public profiles and community feedback features are designed to keep the .eco domains reserved for those with an...