How Ohio’s Chamber of Commerce killed an Anti-Pollution Bill of Rights

From The Intercept, in partnership with The New Food Economy:
by H. Claire Brown
August 29 2019, 8:00 a.m.

Satellite Photo of Lake Erie Algal Bloom
Lake Erie Algal Bloom (Photo: Great Lakes Integrated Sciences + Assessments)

EARLIER THIS SUMMER, environmental activists in Ohio were alarmed by the passage of a mysterious state budget amendment that would close a new avenue for residents to sue polluters. The provision invalidated a landmark anti-pollution initiative passed by Toledo voters just a few months before. Now, emails obtained in a public records request reveal that the Ohio Chamber of Commerce secured the cooperation of a key Republican lawmaker in a successful effort to slip the amendment into an appropriations bill at the eleventh hour.

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