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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Ohio Newsletter for Sunday December 01, 2019 ( 17 items )  

American Forest & Paper Association Issues Statement on RECYCLE Act
WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 -- The American Forest and Paper Association issued the following statement by President and CEO Heidi Brock in support of the Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, Recycling Enhancements to Collection and Yield Through Consumer Learning and Education Act (S.B. 2941): "The RECYCLE Act will educate consumers on the right ways to recycle and is one of the best ways we can increase the quantity and quality of paper in the recycling stream. "We are thankf  more

American Humanist Association: Atheists Call Out Kentucky Sheriff's Religious Promotion
WASHINGTON, Nov. 26 -- The American Humanist Association issued the following news release: Following blatant promotion of Christian nationalism by the sheriff of Ohio County, KY, attorneys at the American Humanist Association are warning the publicly-funded office of future legal ramifications. On November 24, 2019, the office's public Facebook page posted an explicitly Christian prayer, reading in full: "Gracious Father in heaven, we humbly bow before you. May your everlasting mercy be upon  more

Battelle to Develop Coal-to-Foam Program
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 25 -- Battelle, a nonprofit research and development organization, issued the following news release: Battelle won a recent United States Department of Energy (DOE) award that has an interesting twist for coal. The DOE announced that Battelle was among its recipients in funding for cost-shared research and development projects. The project is to be executed in a parallel program with the Ohio Coal Development Office. Battelle will develop a process to convert bituminous co  more

Center for Biological Diversity: Court Orders Trump's EPA to Curb Asthma-Causing Pollutant in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Six Other States
OAKLAND, California, Nov. 26 -- The Center for Biological Diversity issued the following news release: A federal district court in California today ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to stop illegally delaying plans for cleaning up asthma-causing sulfur dioxide pollution in portions of eight states where millions of people live. Today's court order covers Detroit, Pittsburgh and another part of Pennsylvania, and areas in Arizona, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, West Virginia and Wisconsin. It se  more

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center: Stem Cell Therapy Helps Broken Hearts Heal in Unexpected Way
CINCINNATI, Ohio, Nov. 27 -- The Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center issued the following news release: * * * - Study in Nature Sheds New Light on Heart Attack Treatment Controversy * * * Stem cell therapy helps hearts recover from a heart attack, although not for the biological reasons originally proposed two decades ago that today are the basis of ongoing clinical trials. This is the conclusion of a Nov. 27 study in Nature that shows an entirely different way that heart stem cell  more

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education: Ohio University Reverses Unconstitutional Directive Muzzling Fraternity Members
ATHENS, Ohio, Nov. 26 -- The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education issued the following news release: * OU administrator: "To reiterate, I expect there to be no other communication with your members, unless it is pre-approved by me." Ohio University dropped an unconstitutional directive banning members of more than a dozen student organizations from any meetings and other communication unless "pre-approved" by an administrator, after the directive was criticized by students and the Fou  more

IEEFA Australia: Adani Group to Receive Up to $900m in Early Christmas Present From Queenslanders
CLEVELAND, Ohio, Nov. 29 -- The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis issued the following news release: * * * - Expected on the one-year anniversary of declared self-funding for Carmichael coal project * * * Queensland Treasury are expected to sign off on a massive early Christmas present worth up to $900m packaged as a seven-year royalty deferral - another term for a capital subsidy - for the Adani Group on 30 November 2019 (likely to be announced on 29 November), ironicall  more

Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis Australia: Oil and Gas Industry Paying Less Tax Than Telstra
CLEVELAND, Ohio, Nov. 25 -- The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis issued the following news release: * * * - IEEFA recommends total overhaul of broken royalty and tax system providing loopholes for the oil and gas industry * * * Australian company Telstra paid twenty times as much tax as all of the oil and gas companies in Australia despite having similar revenues according to the latest data provided by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). Companies working in Australi  more

Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis: Appalachia Fracking Industry Faces Uphill Battle for Earnings
CLEVELAND, Ohio, Nov. 26 -- The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis issued the following news release: * * * - Companies perform poorly, even compared with other struggling E&Ps * * * Faced with persistently low natural gas prices, exploration and production (E&P) companies with operations in Appalachia continued to struggle financially in the third quarter of 2019. An IEEFA analysis reveals that seven of Appalachia's largest producers collectively spent half a billion doll  more

Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis: Global Coal Power Set for Record Fall in 2019
CLEVELAND, Ohio, Nov. 25 -- The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis issued the following news release: * * * - Long-term decline of unabated thermal coal use becoming increasingly clear * * * Coal-fired power used to make electricity is on track for record declines globally in 2019, finds a new briefing note out today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA) and Sandbag. The note, Global Co  more

National Ground Water Association's Groundwater Week 2019 to Bring Groundwater Professionals Together in Las Vegas
WESTERVILLE, Ohio, Nov. 25 -- The National Ground Water Association issued the following news release: The National Ground Water Association will once again descend on Las Vegas, Nevada, to host the industry's premier event, Groundwater Week, December 3-5 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Designed to provide educational and networking experiences to groundwater professionals, the exhibit hall will feature the latest technologies, educational opportunities, interactive activity areas, and num  more

Nationwide Children's Hospital: Study Finds Increase in Pediatric Eye Injuries From Nonpowder Firearms
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 25 -- Nationwide Children's Hospital issued the following news release: * * * - BB guns accounted for most of the injuries; Researchers highlight importance of protective eyewear, and call for stricter, more consistent safety legislation * * * Nonpowder firearms have long been marketed to children and teenagers as toys or "starter" firearms and include BB, pellet, airsoft and paintball guns. A new study conducted by researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Polic  more

Ohio Environmental Council Applauds Toledo Commitment to Addressing the Long-Term Affordability of Drinking Water
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 26 -- The Ohio Environmental Council issued the following news release: The Ohio Environmental Council applauds Toledo Mayor Kapszukiewicz and Toledo city council for their commitment to addressing the long-term affordability of water bills for low-income Toledoans while also ensuring they can deliver safe drinking water. In tandem with a major water rate update that was needed for essential upgrades to water treatment and water infrastructure, Toledo has committed to fundi  more

Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Awards $25,000 in Ag Grants
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 26 -- The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation issued the following news release: A new round of almost $25,000 in grants by Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation will help educate consumers about agriculture and energy, develop leaders and provide resources for teachers to teach agriculture in the classroom. The foundation's Action & Awareness grants are designed to promote and improve Ohio's agricultural industry as well as local communities. The grants, which ranged from $750 to $9,000, fo  more

Polar Bear Cub Born at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on Thanksgiving Day
POWELL, Ohio, Nov. 29 -- The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium issued the following news release: The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium welcomed a polar bear cub born on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, to mother, Aurora, and father, Lee. The Animal Care team notes that Aurora is being an attentive mother to her new cub, who has been observed nursing. As Aurora continues to care for her cub, she and her little one will remain in their private denning area behind the scenes until spring. In addition to this late  more

Study Finds Increase in Calls to Poison Control Centers for Natural Psychoactive Substances
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 26 -- Nationwide Children's Hospital issued the following news release: * * * - Researchers encourage states legalizing marijuana to implement poison prevention strategies * * * Natural substances with psychoactive effects have been used by people for religious, medicinal and recreational purposes for millennia. Lack of regulation has led to an increase in their availability, especially online. Some psychoactive substances may be appealing to recreational users because o  more

United Soccer Coaches: Final Fall High School Rankings Released
KANSAS CITY, Missouri, Nov. 27 -- United Soccer Coaches issued the following news: United Soccer Coaches and USA Today High School Sports released the final boys' and girls' polls in the USA TODAY/United Soccer Coaches Super 25 Fall Rankings on Tuesday. Final Fall High School Rankings: Boys | Girls St. Ignatius (Cleveland, Ohio) sits atop the boys' poll, finishing the season with a 21-0-2 record. St. Benedict's (Newark, N.J.) is second after finishing with a 19-0-1 mark. Brentwood (Brentwood,  more