Air quality

photo of carbon emissions
JAMES KELLEY / SHUTTERSTOCK

A group of Northeast states is taking issue with industrial pollution drifting in from the south and Midwest. New York and seven others are suing the U.S. EPA to add Ohio and eight other states to the Ozone Transport Region.

photo of Arco dump
CUYAHOGA COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH

The Ohio EPA says a fire at the illegal Arco dumpsite in East Cleveland over the weekend does not pose any immediate threat to residents in the surrounding area. The agency started monitoring air quality Saturday and reports improvement throughout the weekend.  

Heidi Griesmer is a spokeswoman for the EPA.
 

The Ohio House has passed a resolution asking the federal government to consider alternatives to Ohio’s E-Check program. The program affects seven counties in Northeast Ohio and requires older vehicles to be checked for emissions with a free test every two years.

photo of carbon emissions
JAMES KELLEY / SHUTTERSTOCK

A new report on air quality in Ohio has some good and bad news for the Buckeye State.

The American Lung Association’s Ken Fletcher says air quality in Ohio, in general, is improving. He says all cities have reduced pollution and smog. But he says there’s also some bad news in the organization’s latest air quality report.

“There’s still just far too many counties in Ohio that have failing grades, especially for ozone pollution.”

Residence near Republic Steel in Canton
Tim Rudell / WKSU

Some neighbors of the Republic Steel plant on Canton’s east side want to know if it is the source of dust that settles on their properties. They also want to know if the dust is hazardous. 

A delegation from a housing development just south of the steel mill asked Canton City Council earlier this month for a study of the dust and where it is coming from.  They went to council because the city health department handles air pollution control in Canton.