Request Governor DeWine appoint a new Director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency

Request Governor DeWine appoint a new Director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency

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December 14, 2022
Signatures: 54Next Goal: 100
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Started by Lorie Venable

Request Governor DeWine appoint a new Director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency that will uphold the Mission & Values assigned to the OEPA.

The current Director of the OEPA, Laura Stevenson, announced her retirement in December 2022.  We, the citizens of Ohio, request Governor DeWine appoint a new director that will prioritize the current Mission and Values ahead of any company’s profits in the state of Ohio. 

"Mission & Values

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is a trusted leader and environmental steward using innovation, quality service and public involvement to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all Ohioans.

Ohio EPA's goal is to protect the environment and public health by ensuring compliance with environmental laws and demonstrating leadership in environmental stewardship."

During Ms. Steveson’s leadership, OEPA has been extremely lacks on enforcement of federal and state laws and regulations.  Currently OEPA’s lack of enforcement is under scrutiny by the USEPA on several environmental issues.  USEPA delegated authority to OEPA, and associated funding, to administer all Environmental Protection Programs.  If OEPA will not, or can not enforce these programs, and resist pressure from noncomplying companies then they should relinquish that responsibility, return the federal funding to USEPA and let USEPA enforce and protect Ohio’s environment and its citizens health.

Ohio does not need a Flint Michigan or Camp Lejeune scandal to clean up.  This is not a political issue, we are requesting a responsible environmental expert that will enforce the laws, regulations and OEPA’s own mission and value statements

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Signatures: 54Next Goal: 100
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