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Third person charged in illegal dumping of fracking waste
Other headlines: Ohio lawmakers debate freeze of renewable energy standards; Ohio delegation pushes Army Corp on dredging

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  • Ohio lawmakers debate freeze of renewable energy standards
  • Northeast Ohio's Congressional delegation pushes Army Corp on dredging
  • Lake County Rep. Ron Young donates kidney to his wife 
  • Third person charged in illegal dumping of fracking waste
    A third person has been charged in a case of illegal dumping of fracking waste into a northeast Ohio waterway.

    The Youngstown Business Journal reports that Mark Goff has been charged with violating the Clean Water Act when starting in 2012 he allegedly dumped drilling into a wastewater drain leading to the Mahoning River.

    Goff worked for Hardrock Excavating, a company owned by Ben Lupo who pleaded guilty this week to directing employees to illegally dumping the waste liquids.  Lupo’s sentencing is in June.

    A second Lupo employee, Michael Guesman was sentenced last week to three years probation and 300 hours of community service.

    Ohio lawmakers debate freeze of renewable energy standards
    Ohio Senate Republicans are releasing a plan today that would freeze Ohio’s renewable energy standards.

    The Columbus Dispatch reports the proposal would cancel the next 11 years’ worth of increases in the requirements enacted in a 2008 law.

    Under that law, electricity utilities must get 25 percent of their electricity from renewable or “advanced” sources by 2025. Of that amount, half, or 12.5 percent, must come from renewable sources such as wind and solar.

    If the bill becomes law, the standards would remain at current levels, which is just 2.5 percent from renewable energy sources.

    The plan also calls for a study committee of legislators and interest groups to look at other changes to the law and make recommendations.

    Northeast Ohio's Congressional delegation pushes Army Corp on dredging
    A bipartisan group of lawmakers from Ohio is urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers not to delay dredging the mouth of Cuyahoga River in Cleveland. 

    The Ohio EPA is opposing a plan by the Army Corps to dump potentially polluted sediment from the river directly into Lake Erie. The EPA and others are concerned the sludge could contaminate Cleveland’s drinking water supply. 

    A letter sent today by US Senator’s Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown along with Reps Bob Gibbs, David Joyce and Marcy Kaptur urges the Army Corps to dump the sediment in confined disposal facilities near Burke Lakefront Airport. 

    The lawmakers are concerned a lengthy dispute between the Ohio EPA and the Army Corps could adversely affect shipping in Cleveland Harbor and the Cuyahoga.

    Lake County Rep. Ron Young donates kidney to his wife
    A northeast Ohio lawmaker is donating a kidney to his wife of 40 years to help her overcome an autoimmune disease.
    House Rep. Ron Young, a Republican from Lake County, is undergoing surgery today to donate the kidney to his wife, Kathy.

    She’s has been on dialysis because of the disease lupus.
    House Speaker William Batchelder led a prayer on the couple's behalf during Wednesday's House session.

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