U.S. EPA

Algae Bloom seen from Lake Erie
NOAA / GLERL

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur applauds the U.S. EPA’s recent decision to withdraw acceptance of the Ohio EPA’s assessment of impaired waterways. The federal agency changed its mind because the assesssment did not account for Lake Erie’s open waters.

photo of Lake Erie
JEFF ST. CLAIR / WKSU

Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, Jan. 18:

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.

Coal-fired, Sammis Power Plant
NYttend / Wikipedia

The Ohio EPA is welcoming word that U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt wants to repeal the national power plant emissions regulations written during the Obama Administration.

 

The Clean Power Plan never actually took effect because 28 states went to court to block it, arguing that it unfairly and illegally targeted coal-fired energy production. Ohio was among them as state EPA spokeswoman Heidi Griesmer explains.

Photo of dangerous algae bloom in Lake Erie
WKSU

A new report outlines specific risks to Ohio if proposed federal budget cuts to the U.S. EPA become a reality.

The Environmental Defense Fund study says both tourism and public health would be impacted by the cuts, which range from programs to improve water quality to studies on the effects of air pollution.

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