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Chemical regs hit snag in House PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 07 April 2014 09:56
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File photo. U.S. Rep. Bob Latta, R-Bowling Green.
A funny thing happened when activists pushed for stronger regulations of chemicals in consumer products.
A House subcommittee leader introduced a bill environmental and health advocates say would weaken the outdated, ineffective laws already in place.
The Senate had been working on a bill that incorporated the input it sought from public health and environmental officials, but the House's version instead includes only suggestions made by chemical companies, said Andy Igrejas, director of the Safer Chemicals Healthy Families Initiative based in Washington, D.C.
"(The Senate) actually had a good process leading up to this - they had a lot of hearings, they heard from a lot of voices - and then the result was something that really just ignored everything that didn't come from a chemical company," Igrejas said.
"The problem with the House bill is it came after all of that debate in the Senate, and yet there seemed to be a deliberate decision to ignore all of the issues that had been raised."
Igrejas said the Chemicals in Commerce Act, a House discussion draft introduced Feb. 27, focuses on not impacting commerce at the expense of public health and environmental concerns, the driving cause behind a push to reform the dated law currently regulating chemicals on the market.
Rather than put more power behind the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976, the House bill as introduced would keep intact the same ineffective federal standard of restricting chemicals and weaken states' abilities to be more vigilant, Igrejas said.
Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014 11:55
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Home & garden show blossoms PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 07 April 2014 09:13
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Area residents gather at the Stroh Center for the annual Home and Garden Show. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
In three years, the annual Home and Garden Show has blossomed into a popular event for many area residents.
On Sunday approximately 1,700 people visited the Stroh Center for the showcase of businesses offering products and services for all aspects of home living.
There were water systems for both inside and outside, including gutter systems, water treatment and bathroom remodeling. There were lighting products and services also offered for both indoors and outdoors.
In addition, educational programs were offered throughout the day.
Bowling Green resident Angie Blake, who attended with her husband, Chris and their daughters, said both she and the girls enjoyed the variety of activities for the kids which were conducted on the second floor. The youth could build a project or plant vegetable or flower seeds.
"It really was a fun, family event," she said.
Young Natalie Blake said she liked planting the flowers, one of the activities on the upper level.
Chris Blake said he hoped to find some different ideas for the home and home improvements.
The couple noted their appreciation for the volume of local vendors.
Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014 11:59
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Rising rivers under watch (4-7-14) PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 07 April 2014 09:41
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The Maumee River. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Two area rivers may go back into minor flood stage today following expected rains.
However, despite a flood warning from the National Weather Service, no major flooding issues were reported over the weekend.
Wood County Emergency Manager Brad Gilbert said this morning that the Portage River, which went into minor flood stage on Friday, "is back down under flood stage, under action stage."
Regarding the Maumee River, "Grand Rapids will probably be under that point later today, depending on the rain that we get," he said. Gilbert noted that today's forecast for rain was not equal to the large amounts seen in the region last week. The Bowling Green area alone received more than 1.5 inches.
Gilbert stated his understanding that both rivers reached moderate flood stage over the weekend. The Maumee had been expected to crest as high as 17.5 feet, which is moderate flooding for that waterway; at 18 feet, water can begin to cover Front Street and parts of Beaver, West and Mill streets west of downtown Grand Rapids.
Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014 11:57
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Colleges may get federal ratings PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writer   
Saturday, 05 April 2014 08:35
Those ivy-covered walls of academia sure don't keep other people from peering in to check on what's going on.
That was evident at Tuesday's Bowling Green State University Faculty Senate meeting.
The meeting began with President Mary Ellen Mazey talking about her recent discussions with U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and other college presidents about proposals on the federal level to rate, not rank she said, the nation's colleges and universities.
The Obama Administration now wants those ratings in place by January, 2015.
The new ratings were driven, Mazey said because officials "don't think we've been transparent enough."
The ratings would be based on institutions graduation rates, retention rates and percent of students who default on student loans.
And, she said anticipating the negative reaction to follow, "possibly earnings."
Last Updated on Saturday, 05 April 2014 10:07
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