The commission was under pressure from industry to drop its standard-setting authority and let each state act on its own. But what happens upstream affects everyone.
An Ohio River commission that represents eight states lining the waterway and its tributaries voted Thursday to keep its authority to set regional water pollution standards, rather than ceding that power to each individual state.
It was a victory for environmental advocates at a time when the federal government has been rolling back protections on pollution from industries along the industrial corridor.
See Also: Coal Ash Is Contaminating Groundwater in at least 22 States, Utility Reports Show Ohio River May Lose Its Regional Water Quality Standards, Vote Suggests Industries Try to Strip Power from Ohio River’s Water Quality Commission
Original Title: Ohio River Commission Reverses Itself, Votes to Continue Setting Water Standards
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