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Rep. Sheehy responds to continued delay on Lake Erie rule changes

Action on algal blooms will have to wait for next administration
December 13, 2018
Michael Sheehy News

Rep. Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) today announced the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) voted 9-1 on Monday to table a set of rules designed to curb nutrient runoff before it enters Lake Erie. The rules are part of an executive order issued by Gov. John Kasich in July.

“Many of us along the lake are disappointed with JCARR’s decision, but certainly not surprised,” said Sheehy. “To say that this legislature has been slow to take any serious action in the wake of the algae crisis would be an understatement, as it seems Republican legislative leadership has taken more action this year to oppose the Governor than they have to save Lake Erie.”

Sheehy, who testified before the House Agriculture Committee last week in support of his own water quality proposal House Bill 655, has introduced several pieces of legislation this General Assembly designed to keep excess nutrients out of the lake.

“I suppose it would be different had the legislature proposed any concrete plan outside of a few small spending bills to protect the lake, but to our knowledge no such plan exists,” said Sheehy. “It is my sincere hope that new members joining the legislature next year will prioritize Ohio’s water, our most precious natural resource, as we prepare to work with Governor-Elect DeWine and his administration to find a real and balanced solution.”