environment

Environmental justice advocates look to historic $3.5T spending bill for bold action

BY: - August 23, 2021

Congressional Democrats and the Biden administration want to use their massive $3.5 trillion spending plan to help communities that have been devastated by environmental pollution and degradation. For years, activists have been pushing for government recognition of what’s known as environmental justice, the broad movement to provide restitution to communities that have suffered disproportionate harm. […]

U.S. House panel approves legislation to clean up toxic ‘forever chemicals’

BY: - June 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee has approved major bipartisan legislation that aims to reduce Americans’ exposure to toxic chemicals in air, water and consumer products. The bill, the PFAS Action Act of 2021, led by Michigan Reps. Debbie Dingell, a Democrat and Fred Upton, a Republican, was approved 33-20 late Wednesday. It […]

COMMENTARY

Upgrading low-income housing would improve public health, the environment and racial equity all at once

BY: - April 5, 2021

By Jonathan Levy, Boston University During a presidential election debate on Oct. 22, 2020, former President Donald Trump railed against Democratic proposals to retrofit homes. “They want to take buildings down because they want to make bigger windows into smaller windows,” he said. “As far as they’re concerned, if you had no window, it would […]

Utility’s corporate secretary among finalists for PUCO regulator spot

BY: - January 31, 2020

The leading candidates for an influential public utilities commissioner spot appear to be an incumbent who once worked for a utility company and a challenger who does right now.  Two others under consideration include a renewable energy project consultant who believes he is a “token Democrat” finalist, and a government finance manager whose application concedes […]

Bill to crack down on ‘critical infrastructure’ protesters advanced by House committee

BY: - January 29, 2020

Through a gauntlet of protesters the members of the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee walked, hearing pleas, rebukes and near the line’s end one more question. “Why? Why vote for this?” They exited the hearing room with a majority having voted to send Senate Bill 33 to a full House vote. Dozens of protesters were […]

A ban on bans: Ohio House approves bill to stop local govts from enacting plastic bag bans

BY: - December 16, 2019

At the heart of it, Ohio House Bill 242 served as a political Rorschach test. The bill, which the House approved on Wednesday, bans Ohio communities from instituting a tax or prohibition on plastic bags and other single-use items such as straws and cups.  Supporters, primarily Republicans, see this as a simple matter of commercial […]