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A Paulding County wind farm. Ohio Republicans connected to ALEC sponsored a bill to roll back the state's renewable energy standards.
David Grant / Flickr/Creative Commons

Several Ohio cities, colleges and universities are joining a nationwide alliance to create a show of force to the country that they’re dedicated to fighting climate change. The effort comes just days after the U.S. announced plans to leave the Paris Climate Agreement. But the alliance in Ohio seems to stop at the local level.

Miami Township Parks and Recreation

Cleanup is underway at Layer Park in Miami Township, after lead was discovered in the soil last year. The effort is expected to cost 3 million dollars.

Miami Township closed the neighborhood park, which is located in a former a shooting range, in late 2015. Some parts of the park and a nearby residential yard tested for 60 times the safe level of lead.

U.S. EPA On-Scene Coordinator Steve Wolfe says clean-up was delayed by weather, but started last month.

 

Duke Energy

Two key hearings have been set to discuss if a proposed natural gas pipeline can be built under Cincinnati's suburbs.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports a public hearing June 15 at the University of Cincinnati-Blue Ash campus will allow citizens to express thoughts on the proposed 13-mile long pipeline planned to run under multiple suburbs in northern Cincinnati.

A number of community organizations have already announced that they will oppose the pipeline project.

An adjudicatory hearing is set July 12 in Columbus.

Jerry Kenney / WYSO

Montgomery County officials have set a deadline for Stony Hollow Landfill in Dayton to cap foul-smelling emissions. Nearby residents have submitted hundreds of complaints about bad odors coming from the plant.    

Miamisburg mayor Dick Church heads the Montgomery County Solid Waste Advisory Committee. He says even residents in his city are complaining about the foul smell.

“It’s a terrible odor and I don’t blame the residents one bit," he says. "I wouldn’t want to put up with it and they shouldn’t have to.”

It's been 27 years since the Fernald Feed Materials Production Site in southwest Ohio closed down. Ten years ago this weekend, the work to replace the contaminated uranium plant with a nature preserve wrapped up.  For Ohio Public Radio, WVXU's Bill Rinehart looks at the 1-thousand-fifty acre site and what happened to return it to its natural state.

The Department of Energy Office of Legacy Management is hosting an event October 29 to remember the cleanup and to showcase the Preserve. It's from 10 to 2 at the visitors center on Willey Road.

Officials in a Cincinnati-area township have lifted a shelter-in-place order after a chemical lime spill.

West Chester Township officials say 60,000 pounds of lime spilled shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday at Superior Environmental Solutions.

Eminent Domain is Becoming a Crucial, Controversial Part of the Gas Pipeline Boom

Jul 24, 2016
Farmer Mick Luber stands along the southern border of his property in eastern Ohio, where Marathon has begun installing a liquid natural gas pipeline.
Julie Grant / The Allegheny Front

If you’ve seen the movie The Graduate, you no doubt remember the classic scene where a businessman friend of Benjamin’s parents—anxious to talk about the kid’s future— approaches Dustin Hoffman’s character with “just one word” of advice.

That one word, of course, was “plastics.”

There was a “bright future” in plastics according to Mr. McGuire. And while The Graduate came out nearly 50 years ago, some parents in Pennsylvania today might also see a future for their kids in plastics.

Compressor Stations Open Up New Front in Fracking Debate

Jul 19, 2016
Carroll County resident Barry Booth stands near his home, which is within sight of a natural gas compressor station. He believes emissions from the facility have contributed to his family's health problems.
Joanna Richards

Back in February, 300 people crowded into a school gym in Medina County, Ohio, to lob questions, concerns—and some unvarnished anger—at state environmental regulators. At issue was the siting of a new natural gas compressor station along the planned NEXUS pipeline—a 250-mile transmission line being built to carry gas from Ohio to Chicago,  southeast Michigan and Ontario.

The Hunt for Methane Leaks Goes High-Tech

Jul 17, 2016
Photo (top): The 2015 leak at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility near Los Angeles was a grim reminder of how devastating methane leaks can be. The Environmental Defense Fund estimates that the four-month leak will have the same 20-year climate
Earthworks / Flickr Creative Commons

Up a bumpy road in the northeast corner of Pennsylvania, a team of researchers park their van, turn on a half-million dollars of equipment, and start another round of trying to solve a climate riddle.

They are in rural Susquehanna County looking for methane—the powerful greenhouse gas and the main component of natural gas.

How Labor and Environmental Groups Are Finding Common Ground

Jul 4, 2016
John Stamets via Flickr

When you think of an environmental hero, a plumber might not be the first person who comes to mind. But this year, a union representing plumbers and pipefitters earned a “champion” award from a nationwide coalition of environmental and labor groups called the BlueGreen Alliance.

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