Monday, March 27, 2017
Ohio EPA gives Bellville $141,635 low-interest loan for wastewater system

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) recently provided a $141,635 low-interest-rate loan to Bellville for wastewater infrastructure improvements through the Waster Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF), saving the city approximately $30,000 on conventional loan rates.
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Norwalk receives loan from Ohio EPA for wastewater system improvements

Norwalk, Ohio, will use an Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) loan, provided through the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF), to improve the Huron River’s water quality by removing the Pleasant Street Combined Sewer Overflow.
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Portman’s bill to reduce microbeads in water bodies advances

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) recently announced the advancement of a bill that he authored that would help companies throughout the country phase out the use of microbeads, which is now waiting on presidential approval to become a law.
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Ohio's Wood County Soil and Water Conservation District receives Ohio EPA funds

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) recently announced a $14,900 grant to help fund a project from the Wood County Soil and Water Conservation District (Wood SWCD), called Demonstrating Innovative Conservation Practices.
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Ohio EPA Environmental Education Grant to support project for monarch butterfly habitats

The Cincinnati Nature Center will use a $37,950 grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) in a project to promote monarch butterfly habitats through an interactive exhibit supported by a speaker’s bureau.
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Ohio EPA issues permit for New Springfield landfill expansion

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) recently approved a permit that allows expansion of New Springfield’s Mahoning Landfill Inc. by 51.6 acres, including lateral and vertical growth.
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Portman lauds Omnibus Appropriations provisions supporting Lake Erie protection efforts

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) lauded the inclusion of two provisions in the Senate Omnibus Appropriations bill that will help protect Lake Erie, including funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) and prevention of dredged material disposal.
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Ohio Coal Association reacts to clarified Stream Protection Rule

The Ohio Coal Association applauded U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) for his recent steps to clarify language in the Omnibus funding bill’s Stream Protection Rule on the House floor.
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Ohio EPA accepting public comments on proposed revisions to fluoride operating range rules

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s (Ohio EPA) Division of Drinking and Ground Waters (DDAGW) recently announced that it is accepting public comments on proposed changes to regulations on the fluoride operating range.
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Portman celebrates passage of microbead blocking legislation

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) lauded the passage of the Microbeads Free Waters Act of 2015 this week, pointing out the benefits to his home state.
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Ohio EPA to update OAC rules on biosolids and sewage sludge

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) recently announced its intention to update rules in the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) relating to sewage sludge and biosolids after a required five-year review of the regulations.
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Ohio EPA awards $5,000 grant for Lake Erie Island Water Trials Guide

Ohio’s Put-in-Bay Township Park District recently won an Environmental Education Mini Grant for its Lake Erie Island Water Trails Project.
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Ohio EPA drafts rule amendments to comply with EPA Revised Total Coliform Rule

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) recently announced that its Division of Drinking and Ground Waters (DDAGW) has drafted revisions to several rules in the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC)
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Ohio EPA provides $107 million in loans for Euclid wastewater system improvements

The low-interest loans will protect Lake Erie from sewer overflows and water discharges.
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Ohio EPA schedules meeting on 2016 Water Pollution Control Loan Fund

A public meeting will held November 23 for the program that provides loans to improve the state's water system.
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Sebring nabs $1.5 million loan for drinking water improvements

The Ohio Environment Protection Agency provided the funds through its Water Supply Revolving Loan Account.
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Subcommittee on Water Resources to Hold Hearing on Good Samaritan Mine Cleanup Efforts

BodyHouse Subcommittee on Water Resources, which is part of the Transport and Infrastructure Committee and chaired by Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH), will hold a meeting on Good Samaritan efforts to cleanup abandoned mines on Oct. 21, 2015.
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Portman: New law part of 'strategic plan' needed to tackle algae blooms

After the cancellation of Cincinnati’s annual Great Ohio River Swim due to the presence of a toxic algal bloom in the river, Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) issued a statement highlighting the potential for more serious consequences and the steps the federal government is taking to help address the situation.
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