Ohio EPA

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IBERDROLA RENEWABLES

Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, July 31:

  • Ohio EPA approves wind turbine project;
  • Gov. Kasich signs payday lending bill;
  • Cultivator license awarded to Eastlake med pot business;
  • Canton pushes Market Square project forward;
  • Baldwin Wallace strips theater building namesakes amid allegations;
  • Ohio University drops ban on spontaneous protests;
  • Three charged in Cleveland construction site scam;

Ohio EPA approves wind turbine project

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ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Farmers are firing back at Gov. John Kasich’s executive order to implement tougher regulations on fertilizer and other farm runoff. The administration says these new requirements will help keep nutrients from polluting Lake Erie. But farmers argue this creates mandates for a problem they’re already trying to fix.

The health of Lake Erie is at the center of a debate playing out at the Statehouse.

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The U.S. EPA is moving ahead with the next phase of removing the largest remaining dam on the Cuyahoga River. Federal, state, and local agencies are paving the way for the most complicated part of the process.

The massive dam – part of a former hydroelectric generator – holds 832,000 cubic feet of contaminated sediment behind it.

And all that muck need to be moved before the concrete dam comes down.

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ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

More than $20 million could soon be pumped into projects that help keep Lake Erie clean. Most of that money would help fund equipment that limits nutrient runoff from farmland. But there are state leaders and environmental advocates who say that’s not good enough.

The bill would increase funding for voluntary projects that battle harmful algae blooms in the Lake Erie watershed. Ohio EPA Director Craig Butler argues data shows that the voluntary programs aren’t doing enough.

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Gov. John Kasich found himself in some hot water after saying in a recent speech that he doesn’t believe Lake Erie is impaired, contradicting a declaration from his own Environmental Protection Agency in March. Now Kasich is clarifying those comments. 

Kasich told the Michigan Press Association convention last weekend that the open waters of Lake Erie aren’t impaired and shouldn’t have that designation. He now says he fears environmentalists may have taken his comments out of context.

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