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The Ohio Supreme Court has rightly affirmed that T...

OPINION: Wherever they are, Theodore Roosevelt and his allies at Ohio’s 1912 constitutional convention must have smiled Wednesday. That’s when the state Supreme Court refused to yank from Toledo’s ballot a voter-initiated city charter amendment creating a Lake Erie Bill of Rights. It’ll be on the city’s Feb. 26 special election ballot. The Ohio Constitution guarantees Ohioans’ right to propose (“initiate”) amendments...

‘Nude’ Shopping Increases Vegetable Sa...

Supermarkets around the world should be commended for banning plastic bags, but there’s another single-use foe on the environmental radar: produce packaging. For eco-conscious shoppers, one of the most frustrating things about the grocery store is seeing things like a lone potato spud shrink-wrapped in plastic. That’s why in New Zealand, a group New World supermarkets has ditched plastic wrap for nearly all of...

US EPA shouldn’t gut the Clean Water Act

Opinion: As Ohio struggles to find ways to limit the agricultural pollution that turns parts of Lake Erie green every summer, the last thing we should do is strip away protection from streams and endanger much of the state’s meager remaining wetland acreage. That’s what the Trump administration would do with its proposed replacement of an Obama-era rule that aimed to clarify what types of waters are protected under the Clean...

EPA criminal action against polluters hits 30-year...

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency hit a 30-year low in 2018 in the number of pollution cases it referred for criminal prosecution, Justice Department data show. EPA said in a statement that it is directing “its resources to the most significant and impactful cases.” But the 166 cases referred for prosecution in the last fiscal year is the lowest number since 1988, when Ronald Reagan was president and 151...

Report: Cleveland Has Lead Levels As High As Flint

Children in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County have a higher risk of lead exposure than other parts of the state, according to a report out of Case Western Reserve University this week. The report found 10.7 percent of kids born in 2012 who were screened for lead in Cuyahoga County had an elevated blood lead level by age 5. In Cleveland, 17 percent of kids screened for lead showed elevated blood lead levels. “In Cuyahoga...

2018: A Year of Fighting Plastic Waste

The plastic pollution crisis has been building for some time now, to the point where around eight million tons of plastic enter the world’s oceans each year. In response, a movement to cut down on plastic waste has also been gaining momentum, but 2018 was the year it really picked up speed, with everyone from ordinary tourists to major companies to the Queen of England lending their hands to push it along. Part of the...

EPA Bows to Coal Industry, Moves to Weaken Mercury...

In its latest attack on clean air protections, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its new proposal to weaken the Obama-era Mercury & Air Toxics Standards (MATS), putting public health at risk from more than 80 dangerous pollutants, some of which are known to cause brain damage in children. “This is an unconscionable rollback to serve the coal industry at the expense of all Americans, especially...

7 things to watch in 2019 as Trump goes to war wit...

Buckle up, folks, it’s going to be a long one. Next year will see a dramatic acceleration in environmental regulation rollbacks, as a number of Trump administration proposals gain traction and take effect, with fossil fuel restrictions, public health, and scientific studies all set to be impacted. There has already been an onslaught of environmental regulatory rollbacks so vast it can be hard to keep track of those...

E.P.A. Proposes Rule Change That Would Let Power P...

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced on Friday a plan designed to make it easier for coal-fired power plants, after nearly a decade of restrictions, to release into the atmosphere more mercury and other pollutants linked to developmental disorders and respiratory illnesses. The limits on mercury, set in 2011, were the first federal standards to restrict some of the most hazardous pollutants emitted by coal plants...

Retired Monroe Twp. (Mansfield) couple fears water...

Ann Robinson stands in front of her home near Perrysville with an anti-fracking sign. Behind Robinson, a large mound can be seen at the adjacent property where a well is being installed.(Photo: Jason J. Molyet/News Journal)Buy Photo PERRYSVILLE – A retired Monroe Township couple fears their quality of life will be disrupted and their groundwater supply will be contaminated by a new oil and gas well expected to be...

The Insect Apocalypse Is Here

What does it mean for the rest of life on Earth? Sune Boye Riis was on a bike ride with his youngest son, enjoying the sun slanting over the fields and woodlands near their home north of Copenhagen, when it suddenly occurred to him that something about the experience was amiss. Specifically, something was missing. It was summer. He was out in the country, moving fast. But strangely, he wasn’t eating any bugs. For a moment,...

Is nuclear energy the key to saving the planet?

A new generation of environmentalists is learning to stop worrying and love atomic power. Emma Redfoot stands at a whiteboard in a small conference room, sketching neutrons, protons and nuclei, her voice rising enthusiastically as she explains nuclear fission: A neutron blasted into a uranium-235 atom shatters the atom, releasing energy and yet more neutrons that split other uranium atoms, causing a frenetically energetic...

Healthier Products, Healthier People

Six Classes The Six Classes is a program of the Green Science Policy Institute that focuses on reducing the use of entire classes of chemicals of concern, rather than phasing out problematic chemicals one at a time. This approach of tackling entire groups of chemicals is needed because more than 80,000 chemicals are used in the U.S. Many have not been well studied and their impacts on human and environmental health are not...

‘It’s a ghost page’: EPA site...

Material that said humans were warming the planet was taken down last year for an ‘update’ More than a year after the US Environmental Protection Agency took down information on climate change from its website for an “update”, it now seems uncertain whether it will ever reappear. In April last year, the EPA replaced its online climate change section with a holding page that said the content was being updated to “reflect the...

Why Plans to Turn America’s Rust Belt into a New P...

The petrochemical industry anticipates spending a total of over $200 billion on factories, pipelines, and other infrastructure in the U.S. that will rely on shale gas, the American Chemistry Council announced in September. Construction is already underway at many sites. This building spree would dramatically expand the Gulf Coast’s petrochemical corridor (known locally as “Cancer Alley”) — and establish a new plastics and...