Ohio EPA

After roundtable, Ohio Dems talk next steps following Norfolk Southern derailment

BY: - February 16, 2023

Ohio Statehouse Democrats have been in discussions with environmental groups and first responders to talk about how to help East Palestine recover from the toxic chemicals leaked as a result of a Norfolk Southern train derailment. Senate Minority Leader Nickie Antonio, D-Lakewood, joined with Assistant Minority Whip Sen. Paula Hicks-Hudson, D-Toledo, and state Rep. Lauren […]

Federal funding for Portsmouth plant clean-up

BY: - September 29, 2021

The clean-up and diffusion efforts happening at a former Piketon uranium plant will get a boost of federal money to continue the work. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will receive $3.5 million in grant money from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management. That money is tagged for “oversight and monitoring of the […]

Man fishing on Cuyahoga River with Cleveland in background

Lawmakers: Trump’s environmental rollbacks threaten minority communities

BY: - June 15, 2020

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is suspending key environmental reviews during the pandemic that critics warn could further harm poor and minority neighborhoods around the country. Lawmakers and activists say the administration’s actions — meant to boost the lagging economy — could have disproportionate effects on minority communities that live near pipeline and power projects. […]


Methane pollution poses serious risks to our health

BY: - March 25, 2020

As the oil and gas industry expands rapidly in Ohio, so does the risk of methane pollution. Methane is the primary component of natural gas and is emitted at all stages of the oil and gas supply chain.  The climate warming impact of methane over a 20-year period is estimated to be at least 86 […]

Ohio House members propose bill to address toxic ‘forever chemicals’ in drinking water

BY: - February 10, 2020

Two Ohio House Democrats have introduced legislation that would crack down on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, a class of chemicals known as PFAS that are said to cause serious health problems. State Reps. Allison Russo, D- Upper Arlington, and Mary Lightbody, D-Westerville, last week announced the introduction of The Safe Drinking Water Act. The bill […]