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Ohio to stop using AquaSalina deicer from oil, gas well water waste

The Ohio Department of Transportation plans to stop purchasing a deicer made from processed brine drawn from oil and gas wells.

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Opinion: If we stop burning fossil fuels, will we end up with more plastic and toxic chemicals?

Shifting away from using fossil fuels for energy is essential for our climate future, but if we aren't careful we may unintentionally encourage a shift that is also unsafe and unsustainable.

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Hydrogen-powered vehicles: A realistic path to clean energy?

Hydrogen, the most abundant element in the universe, is increasingly viewed, along with electric vehicles, as one way to slow the environmentally destructive impact of the planet's 1.2 billion vehicles, most of which burn gasoline and diesel fuel.

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'Volatile place.' New laws thwart Ohio renewables

New policies in Ohio are raising concerns about the long-term future of wind and solar in the battleground state.
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Podcast: “A permanent reactor": Fracking's radioactive health threat to Ohio will last 1,600 years without action

Industry, with help from the state, has chosen to downplay or ignore risks to both workers in the fracking industry and locals who live near oil and gas sites, treatment plants, and sewage systems.

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Podcast: Under “Chief’s Orders” Ohio operates a radioactive industry off the record

The oil and gas industry consistently claims that the levels of radioactivity in its waste and byproducts are safe – but a growing body of data proves otherwise.

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Report: Appalachian states face billions in mining cleanup

The cleanup and reclaiming of coal mines in seven Appalachian states will cost billions, and Kentucky and West Virginia have the largest bills coming due, according to an environmental group's new report.

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Cities in Ohio want to use the same clean-energy financing company that saddled Missouri homeowners with debt

An Ohio city had a low-interest loan program for energy-saving home improvements. Now, the officials who run it plan to turn it over to the same company behind Missouri's troubled program.
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U.S. Steel hooks up with Equinor to study cleaner steel production

U.S. Steel Corp. announced Monday it plans to work with oil and gas producer Equinor US Holdings Inc. to study the potential for carbon capture and storage, and hydrogen development in the tri-state region of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

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Court says Ohio can sue Volkswagen for system tampering

The federal Clean Air Act does not preclude Ohio from seeking its own compensation against Volkswagen over the company's efforts to cheat U.S. diesel emissions tests, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled.

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Cleveland’s plan for climate justice could be a model for the rest of the country

The city seeks federal support in order to address its top climate action priorities: “housing, transit and trees,” NPR reports.
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Ohio’s EV truck savior is running out of juice

If Lordstown Motors, which is running low on money and has yet to release its first vehicle—is unable to recover, it would be distressing in part because it's happening at a plant and in a region that has already faced so much adversity.

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Why dragonflies found in the Ohio River could be good news for the industrial waterway

Dragonfly and damselfly larvae found in the Ohio River surprised researchers. Aquatic insects are indicators of ecosystem health.
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First Solar to build panel factory in Ohio

First Solar will invest $680 million for the new plant, and is expected to add 500 jobs.
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