“In a move that environmental advocates have called a grave setback for public health, the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO), has voted to roll back longstanding pollution controls along the Ohio River. . . . It’s a huge shift in practice: Since 1948, the Cincinnati-based ORSANCO has set water quality and discharge standards for the river that supersede state and local laws. . . .
“‘This decision by ORSANCO is mind-boggling, especially when considering more than 4,000 people spoke out against the proposal during a public comment period, and only nine people supported it,’ said Matthew Stepp, vice president and chief of staff for PennFuture. ‘With the federal government already set on dismantling environmental laws and protections, now is not the time to weaken regional water quality standards along the Ohio River.'”
FULL STORY published June 11, 2019 via NEXTpittsburgh