When polluters break the law, too often the government fails to hold them accountable and make them stop. Download the Ohio Report A new computer investigation by the Environmental Working Group shows that large industrial polluters in Ohio are breaking the nation's cornerstone water pollution law and routinely getting away with it. During the warmer months, the river’s pollution keeps possible recreationalists and food seekers at bay, according to Madeline Fleisher, staff attorney at the Ohio Office Law and Policy Center. It comes as no surprise that there are chemicals in the Ohio River.But a new report released this week, breaks down the numbers and again this year, the Ohio … Northeast Ohio’s big issues include: A 19th century energy system based on fossil fuels At a time when climate change is the most serious issue facing humanity, our energy system is still largely based on burning carbon-intensive fossil fuels. Environment Ohio 605 N. High St, #640 Columbus, OH 43215 Phone: 614-460-8732 Member questions or requests: 1-800-401-6511. Watershed pollution in Appalachia, much of which has been caused by coal mining, is an ongoing environmental hazard that mimics the threat steel once posed to big cities on the Ohio. Like Us; Follow Us; Contact; Another considerable factor to the Ohio River is its sustainability and recreation options. Environmental groups like the National Wildlife Federation and the Ohio River Foundation say the decision will open the door for pollution from plastics manufacturing and the fracking industry. JP: I don’t want to get so far into the pollution scenario that we lose sight of the fact that the Ohio River is cleaner than it has been in many, many decades. Ohio River Pollution Points Source: The United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Enforcement and Compliance History online database, echo.epa.gov. 2017 figures above 0 shown. Big water polluters are almost never fined and violations of the clean water laws continue largely unabated, according to U.S. Environmental Clean Water & Air. CLEVELAND, Ohio – The American Lung Association’s 2019 “State of the Air” report ranks Cleveland the 9th most polluted city in the nation for year-round particle pollution. Visit the website of Environment Ohio Research & Policy Center, our sister 501(c)(3) organization. Using public records, Eye on Ohio mapped out the roughly 6,900 toxic-containing wastewater discharges along the Ohio River, including how much they spew annually. Cogen's group works to educate students on the pollution problems that plague the Ohio River, where that pollution goes and ways to help clean it up. Over the past 25 years, our national litigation team has stepped in to file dozens of lawsuits to compel polluters to stop or reduce their emissions — resulting in more than $250 million in court-ordered penalties and pollution reduction actions.