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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine signs useless AK Steel Consent Decree

For immediate release   April 9, 2018
Contact: Marilyn Wall, Sierra Club 513-226-9235

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine signs useless AK Steel Consent Decree

 DeWine decides studies and car washing will resolve over 600 air pollution violations

(Middletown, OH) – Sierra Club and residents near the AK Steel Middletown Works have documented over 600 air pollution violations committed by AK Steel over 5 years.  Residents are routinely assaulted by odors, smoke, fumes, black and red plumes, gases, harmful PM2.5 particulate (soot), organic compounds and the deposits of coke breeze, ash, colored particles, including kish, slag, coke, coal, dust, iron, metal and glass on their property. Fires and explosions have caused additional emissions beyond normal operations.  AK Steel has violated and continues to violate state and federally enforceable air pollution laws and emission standards.

These pollutants are known to be toxic and/or cause adverse health effects, including cancer, even at low levels.  Exposure to particulate matter including PM2.5 is linked with “premature death in people with heart or lung disease, nonfatal heart attacks, irregular heartbeat, aggravated asthma, decreased lung function, and increased respiratory symptoms”.  Nearby residents find it difficult to breathe outside their homes and chronically have to wash AK Steel pollutants off their cars and homes.

A Notice Letter to AK Steel was sent and in response, Attorney General Mike DeWine worked with AK Steel filing a  Consent Order in Butler County which fails to resolve or stop the violations, or provide an effective remedy with enforceable emission limitations. Instead DeWine allows AK Steel to merely study problems, and possibly (subject to AK Steel’s discretion) reimburse residents for car and house washing.

“This sweetheart deal does nothing for people’s health, allows ongoing property damage and fails to ensure that the emission violations at AK Steel are resolved” said Marilyn Wall, Sierra Club.

About the Sierra Club

The Sierra Club is America’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, with more than 8 million members and supporters nationwide. In addition to creating opportunities for people of all ages, levels and locations to have meaningful outdoor experiences, the Sierra Club works to safeguard the health of our communities, protect wildlife, and preserve our remaining wild places through grassroots activism, public education, lobbying, and litigation. For more information, visit: https://miamigroup.org/ak-steel/

Edge of Appalachia Preserve System: A collection of diversity

May 7, 2018 Sierra Club Program  from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Scouting Achievement Center, 10078 Reading Road, Cincinnati Ohio 45241  The public is welcome! There is no charge for this event.

Speaker: Mark Zloba, Ecological Manager at Cincinnati Museum Center, Edge of Appalachia Preserve System

Mark has had extensive experience as an outdoor educator in South Carolina, New Jersey, and Hocking College, where he found his true passion for forest wildlife.  Presently, he is the Ecological Manager for the Edge of Appalachia (The Edge). 

For the past 20 years, Mark has been working on collections, surveys and research projects on the flora and fauna of the Edge, and educating those who visit. 

Mark has worked on amphibians, reptiles, insects, spiders, harvestmen, land snails, mosses, liverworts, lichens, birds, mammals, millipedes, mussels, fish and some plants.

The preserve was started by Lucy Braun and a few others over 50 years ago.  It is owned by the Cincinnati Museum Center and in partnership with The Nature Conservancy.  Today it has multiple hiking areas, and a state of the art education building with numerous classes on nature of the surrounding area.

This talk will be about interesting discoveries made on the preserve, its impressive diversity and after years of knowledge gained, how little we really know.

For additional information: miamigroup.org, cincymuseum.orgnature.org.

 

 

 

 

 

Conservation Landscaping; protecting our land, water, and wildlife one yard at a time

Apr 2, 2018 Program at the Scouting Achievement Center, 10078 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio 45241 (in Evendale) The public is welcome.   Speaker: Jason Brownknight

Jason Brownknight is the Senior Landscape Ecologist and C.E.O at Brownknight EcoResource, LLC. Jason is committed to utilizing and sharing best management practices toward the restoration, enhancement, and preservation of native habitats. Prior to establishing Brownknight EcoResource, LLC in 2016, Mr. Brownknight spent seven years as the Director of Conservation and Stewardship at the Cincinnati Nature Center. Jason earned a Master’s degree in Physical Geography from Ohio University with a specialization in Landscape Ecology and Bio-geography. Jason’s passion for nature and wildlife began as a child growing up in, and exploring, the hills and hollows of Adams County. 

 …Conservation landscaping incorporates; the use of native plants, removal of invasive plants, water conservation, eliminating or reducing chemical fertilizers and pesticides, erosion control, soil enhancement, and wildlife habitat creation. A conservation landscape design utilizes an adaptive, holistic approach that can benefit the overall health of the environment. Rain gardens, xeriscaping, pollinator gardens are all examples of conservation landscaping.

“By practicing conservation landscaping, we can improve air and water quality and the health of humans and wildlife while reducing landscape maintenance costs and decreasing the time spent on yard chores such as mowing while at the same time emphasizing our unique regional landscape.” (Chesapeake Ecology Center, 2005).

 

Saving Snow

Saving Snow – film presented by NKU and N Ky Citizens Climate Lobby March 22, 2018,  NKU Science Center.  See attached file for directions Greenhouse_S18_eventbrite_link

In February 2017, Brooklyn filmmaker Diogo Freire boarded a plane headed west, on his way to Hayward, WI, the setting for his upcoming film on the effects of climate change on American communities. What he didn’t know at the time was how sadly fitting an example of a warming world the tiny ski town would turn out to be. “Saving Snow” follows skiers, snowmobilers, sled dog guides, and other winter sports lovers from across the country. A disappearing snow season is more than just a frustration for the millions of Americans who enjoy winter sports. It means lost income for the many towns and small businesses that depend on winter tourism and recreation to stay afloat. “Saving Snow” focuses on people coming to terms with these changes, financially and emotionally. But it also presents solutions. The film highlights determined individuals and organizations who are working to reduce their communities’ impacts on the environment and raise awareness of the need for action.

NKU’s Environmental Science Program              NKY Citizens’ Climate Lobby

SPONSORED BY:   Directions available at www.nku.edu, please park in the Kenton Drive Garage  March 22nd, 2018 │ 5:30 PM  NKU Science Center, 207

FREE and open to the public.  Join us for a public screening and discussion

Greenhouse: the ENV film series  For tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/film-screening-and-discussion-of-saving-snow-tickets-43464477422

 

 

Ohio EPA Director Craig Butler speaking at Cincinnati State April 5, 2018

Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler will be speaking in Cincinnati April 5, 2018 as a guest of the Hamilton County Environmental Action Commission.  The Director will speak at 1pm on Thursday April 5, 2018 in the Advanced Technology and Learning Center (ATLC Auditorium on the campus of Cincinnati State Community and Technical College.

The public is welcome.

Parking is available in the Central Parkway Garage for $5.  Admission to the Director’s presentation is free.

Cincinnati State – Main (Clifton) Campus

3520 Central Parkway
Cincinnati, Ohio 45223

What’s up with Ohio’s Environment?

Update on Ohio’s Environmental Policy April 2, 2018 at 7:00 pm at the Scouting Achievement Center, 10078 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio 45241 (in Evendale)

Our speaker will be Jennifer Miller, Director, Ohio Chapter of Sierra Club. Raised in Ohio, Jen Miller has worked for the Sierra Club in various capacities since 2008 and is currently serving as the Director of the Ohio Chapter. Jen earned her Master’s from the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at Ohio State and has Bachelor’s degrees in Vocal Music and History/Ethnic Studies from Capital University.

For more than fifteen years, Miller has worked with diverse communities to promote social and environmental justice. She has presented at national and international academic conferences and published in several peer-reviewed academic journals.

Jennifer is a graduate of the US Department of Energy NREL Energy Leadership Academy and a regular guest lecturer to college classes about environmental policy and social justice issues.  Jen loves the outdoors, has one teenage daughter, is board chair of a Fair Trade non-profit, and is a professional singer. EMail Jen Miller

Join Sierra Club at the Adventure Summit in Dayton Ohio Feb 9 and 10, 2018

 Five Rivers Metro Parks is presenting the Adventure Summit. More information on the Summit: outdoor skill, culture and experience, speakers including world class outdoor personalities and more.

Visit Sierra Club at our booth or volunteer by calling or email Brian Williams at  [email protected] ‭(513) 390-7303‬.   You can also fill out this volunteer form.

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