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Big Ag Needs a Closer Look

Big agriculture is apparently getting bigger in Ohio. And with the fate of Lake Erie hanging in the balance, it is time for Ohio’s elected leaders to start paying more attention. A recent study by the Washington-based Environmental Working Group and the Chicago-based Environmental Law & Policy Center has concluded that the Maumee River watershed

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Growth in unregulated farms in Maumee Watershed fuels Lake Erie’s toxic algae blooms

Using aerial photos, satellite images and state permit figures, two environmental groups say more than half of the manure in the Maumee River watershed comes from unpermitted farms with livestock. “To me, this really spotlights how much more Ohio should be doing to track and oversee these big sources that are effectively industrial agriculture operations when

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The Hill Op-Ed: EPA’s proposed weakening of mercury standards is bad business

The EPA’s flawed approach of ignoring the full benefits of the landmark Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS)trumps children’s health and rational economic analysis in order to serve ideological and coal mine owners’ interests. That’s foolish policy, unsupportable economic theory and contrary to sound business practices.

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Climate change has already started disrupting life in the Great Lakes region — and it’s only going to get worse

Howard Learner, executive director of the Environmental Law and Policy Center, said Midwestern states need to take the lead when it comes to mitigating the effects of climate change on the Great Lakes basin, the planet’s largest system of freshwater.

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Will new governor end Illinois’ inertia over Asian carp solution?

Jacobson, a senior fellow with the Environmental Law and Policy Center, says she is now “more optimistic” about Illinois’ engagement on invasive carp and that environmental groups have been getting “great signals” on the issue since Pritzker took office.

Read More at Great Lakes Now

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