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First-ever nationwide emissions standards for power plants.
Environment Ohio In Action

In 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency moved ahead with efforts to significantly reduce mercury, soot and smog pollution from power plants. We expect these standards to save up to 46,000 lives nationwide. Together with our national coalition, we helped mobilize more than 800,000 people across the country to contact the EPA in support of safer emissions standards—no other EPA rule has ever received so much support. Environment Ohio Advocate, Julian Boggs, released our "Danger in the Air" report as part of our effort to ensure these rules were adopted.

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Environmental groups and solar industry tout Cincinnati green plan

CINCINNATI – Environmental groups and solar industry representatives applauded the latest draft of Cincinnati’s green plan on Tuesday morning. The draft plan, presented to city council’s Committee for Strategic Growth by the city Office of Environmental Quality, includes a renewable energy chapter dedicated to expanding the use of solar power in the city’s energy mix and the role that Cincinnati can play in promoting clean energy investments to residents, businesses, and local institutions. The plan will pave the way for more solar energy investments, less pollution, and good jobs in the city of Cincinnati, and final version could be ready for council approval as early as April.

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President Recommits to Tackling Global Warming in Inaugural Address

President Obama concluded his second inaugural address. Environment Ohio State Policy Advocate Julian Boggs made the following statement in response

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Kasich’s Commitment to Renewable Energy in Doubt

A week after Governor John Kasich’s power commission, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) voted to send the developers of the largest solar farm east of the Rockies back to the drawing board, the governor has kept quiet on the project and questions about his administration’s support of clean energy. This comes even as PUCO’s chairman Todd Snitchler has become embroiled in controversy regarding a series of tweets revealing skepticism of the scientific consensus around global warming and a bias against clean energy.

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Governor blew off clean energy, jobs

Wednesday’s decision against Turning Point Solar was a serious setback for clean energy. Gov. John Kasich should have shown more leadership (“Dark day for AEP solar project,” Dispatch article, Thursday).

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio voted 3-1 to strip the Turning Point Solar plan from a larger report about AEP's projected power needs.

Turning Point could be the largest solar farm east of the Mississippi — reducing global-warming pollution by over 70,000 tons a year — and create more than 600 green jobs...

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Turning Point solar project in Noble County all but dead

A plan that was to give Ohio the largest solar array east of the Rockies is now all but dead, potentially costing hundreds of jobs. American Electric Power is saying that actions today by regulators make it difficult to see how the 49.9 megawatt project near Zanesville can ever come together....

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