PRESS RELEASE: Ohio Gov. Kasich’s Determination That Western Lake Erie’s Open Waters are Impaired

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact: Judith Nemes

ELPC Statement on Ohio Gov. Kasich’s Determination That Western Lake Erie’s Open Waters are Impaired  

STATEMENT BY HOWARD A. LEARNER

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ENVIRONMENTAL LAW & POLICY CENTER

Howard Learner, Executive Director of the Environmental Law & Policy Center, said in response to Gov. Kasich’s new recognition that Western Lake Erie’s open waters are impaired:

“We are pleased that Gov. Kasich is now stepping up to recognize Western Lake Erie is impaired by pollution, but that’s only the key first step,” said Howard Learner, Executive Director of the Environmental Law & Policy Center. “The necessary next step for Lake Erie is strong, enforceable standards to reduce the pollution that causes toxic blue-green algae, threatening safe drinking water, and crippling tourism.”

“ELPC sued U.S. EPA to drive this result because the facts clearly pointed to Western Lake Erie’s open waters being impaired by pollution. Even with today’s announcement, ELPC will continue our effective legal advocacy until enforceable protections are in place. The stakes are too high for anything less.”

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