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Public News Service - OH: Toxics

PHOTO: Ohio is among the dirtiest states when it comes to global warming pollution from power plants, coming in second in the U.S. in new research. Photo: Vivian Daly, Environment Ohio and Michelle Hesterberg, Environment America, announce the findings. Photo credit: Philip Beardsley-Schoonmaker.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio is among the dirtiest states when it comes to global warming pollution from power plants, coming in second nationally, according to new research. The report from the Environment Ohio Research and Policy Center ranked six power plants in Ohio among the top 100 carbon polluters

IMAGE: A documentary making its debut in Ohio today paints a picture of what could happen in the Buckeye State as the result of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Image: Film tour poster.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A documentary making its debut in Ohio today paints a picture of what could happen in the Buckeye State as the result of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in gas and oil deposits deep underground. The release of the film "Triple Divide" follows an 18-month investigation into the ne

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - More needs to be done to protect those working Ohio's and the country's fields from exposure to hazardous pesticides: That's the message Congress members are hearing today and Tuesday from farm workers from around the nation. Each year, over 5 billion pounds of pesticides are appl

A new report finds heavy rains are worsening algal blooms in Lake Erie. Photo credit: S. Bihn. Lake Erie Western Lake Erie Waterkeeper

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Spring showers are the norm in Ohio, but experts say extremely heavy rainfall is actually causing threats to the health of Lake Erie. Using the Maumee River as a case study, a report from the National Wildlife Federation shows how more frequent and heavy storms are exacerbating farm

GRAPHIC: Experts from across the country are meeting in Ohio today to discuss the impacts of hydraulic fracturing in the state. Map of Utica & Marcellus permits in Ohio. Courtesy of FracTracker.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – It's a first-of-its-kind meeting of the minds when it comes to fracking in the Buckeye State. Today and Saturday, scientists, doctors, attorneys, researchers and other experts are gathering in eastern Ohio to present and discuss the impacts of hydraulic fracturing, or fracki

PHOTO: More citizen scientists are needed for the Sierra Club's Water Sentinel Program in Ohio to help monitor waterways. Photo: Water sentinels at work. Credit: Megan Smith.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Water watchers are wanted in the Buckeye State. With the combined risks to water quality of mining and fracking, particularly in eastern Ohio, experts say the need for citizen scientists to regularly monitor waterways is now more important than ever. Since last year, the Sierra Cl

PHOTO: Members of Appalachia Resist! are protesting plans that would allow fracking waste to be shipped by barge on the Ohio River.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Toxic waste from hydraulic fracturing soon could travel the Ohio River, if the U.S. Coast Guard gives the green light to a proposal by a Texas company. GreenHunter Water, which owns a fracking-waste facility in Washington County, wants approval to ship the waste by barge at a rate

Violators of fracking waste laws may soon face tougher penalties in the Buckeye State. Photo courtesy of Western Resource Advocates

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Violators of fracking waste laws may soon face tougher penalties in the Buckeye State. Just a few weeks after an incident involving the illegal dumping of hundreds of thousands of gallons of drilling waste into a storm sewer leading to a Youngstown-area river, State Sens. Joe Schiav

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