The Ohio Senate is poised to vote on two measures that could be catastrophic for the environment as early as Wednesday, June 6. Call your Senator today and ask them to oppose both SB 210 and SCR 21.
SB 210 - Plastic bags
Senate Bill 210 would ban local governments from implementing bans or fees on disposable plastic bags and similar single-use plastic items like bottles and foam containers. In addition to eliminating an effective tool to reduce plastic waste, this bill infringes on local governments' ability to set local policy and represent their constituents.
SCR 21 - Appalachian Petrochemical Hub
Senate Concurrent Resolution 21 expresses support for the
development of an "Appalachian petrochemical hub" which would store 100 million barrels of liquid fracked gas underground along the Ohio River and create a plastic manufacturing hub in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Kentucky.
It encourages Congress to pass legislation necessary to permit this development, which would have devastating effects on air quality, the Ohio River, and climate change. This plan to turn the Ohio Valley into a global "Plastic Belt" would led to increases in cancer and respiratory issues and could contaminate the Ohio River, a main source of drinking water for 5 million people in Ohio and beyond.