Four people are dead in two separate accidents in Central Ohio. In Pataskala, investigators say a head-on collision on East Broad took three lives. One vehicle crossed the center line. Early this morning, the driver of a pick-up truck was killed when he slammed into a tree in a residential area south of Route 104 [...]
Portman, Brown Defend Votes On EPA Standards
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Both of Ohioâ€™s U.S. Senators are defending their votes on a recent challenge to new federal clear air standards.
A resolution in the Senate looked to reverse new standards from the Environmental Protection Agency meant to limit heavy metals like mercury and arsenic. It failed by a vote of 53-47 mainly along party lines.
Republican Rob Portman voted for the measure, saying it will choke Ohio industry. He points to a power plant in Avon Lake scheduled to close in 2015.
â€œAnd this will cost the school system 11 percent of its budget annually. It will obviously cost some jobs. There are 80 jobs at the plant that are relatively high-paid, good jobs in Ohio. And then a lot of indirect jobs lost in the community.â€
Most Democratcs, including Ohioâ€™s senior U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, called the vote a victory for health and clear air.