Some environmentalists are asking the federal Environmental Protection Agency to do a full audit and investigation of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the state agency that grants permits for injection and extraction wells. Brian Rothenberg of Progress Ohio says the state agency is not doing due diligence in regulating those wells in Ohio.
Basically there is a lack of confidence among the public in allowing an agency to investigate itself," says Rothenberg. "And there’s a very simple concept here which is to have the U.S. EPA have some oversight over the state ODNR to make sure it is really doing what it needs to do."
State lawmakers are working to correct a new Ohio law that would allow coaches and referees in youth sports leagues to be criminally prosecuted if they don't follow requirements regarding players' head injuries.
The new law takes effect in late April. It requires coaches, volunteers and officials in youth sports organizations to have players who show concussion-like symptoms sit out games or practices until they're checked and cleared by a doctor or licensed health care provider. Coaches would also need to know more about concussions.
A bill-writing error inadvertently imposes criminal penalties for violating the law.
The Ohio House unanimously passed a bill Wednesday to clarify the law before it takes effect. The Senate passed a separate bill.