Marcy Kaptur

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Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, June 19:

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur is pushing for relief in communities affected by nuclear plant closings.

Kaptur introduced her bill this week to create a Department of Energy program that would provide funding to local governments impacted by the closings.

Kaptur mentions the Davis Besse power plant In Ottawa County, which is expected to shut down in 2020.

Ohio EPA Calls Western Lake Erie 'Impaired'

Mar 23, 2018
Lake Erie
Elizabeth Miller / Ideastream

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has decided to include Western Lake Erie in a list of impaired waters -- due to the harmful algae blooms that plague the region every year. As Great Lakes Today’s Elizabeth Miller reports, the agency’s move comes after years of calls from environmentalists and a federal lawsuit.

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur

Marcy Kaptur became the longest-serving woman in Congress on today.

Kaptur has served 17 terms in office for a total of 35 years.

She says she still has a lot of fire in her, and she isn’t thinking about retiring any time soon.

“I am probably proudest of the fact that I have been able to be a voice for people who haven’t had significant voice in the Congress of the United States,” she said. “The fact that I’m a woman makes it so much better.”

Algae Bloom seen from Lake Erie

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur applauds the U.S. EPA’s recent decision to withdraw acceptance of the Ohio EPA’s assessment of impaired waterways. The federal agency changed its mind because the assesssment did not account for Lake Erie’s open waters.