The state of Ohio has many nicknames - the “Buckeye state ” and the “Birthplace of Aviation,” for example, but the title Ohioans hold most dearly is "America's Heartland." Ohio is tremendously diverse, with a mosaic of big commercial cities, small towns, industry, fertile farmland, and natural treasures like Lake Erie and Cuyahoga National Park. While Ohio’s rich natural resources have played a pivotal role in its economic and cultural developments, exploitation of coal, oil and gas and timber continue to have devastating impacts on Ohio’s environment and human health.
Health professionals, civic groups, law makers, legal experts, and community members are working together on multiple fronts to address the threats of toxicants and to protect vulnerable populations. Ohio is proud to have groups like the Ohio Association of Professional Firefighters, Ohio Public Health Association, Ohio Nurses Association, American Nurses Association, Case Western University, and several nurses and physicians across the state supporting meaningful reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
Ohio’s environmental health community has made great strides in giving Ohioans a stronger voice in shaping better public health policy. Ohio Safer Chemicals Coalition has been tremendously active meeting with law makers and spearheading local and national efforts such as the Stroller Brigade in DC, the Give Toxics the Boot Campaign (addressing toxic flame retardants), and the retail-side Mind the Store Campaign. Ohio is also proud to be the home of green companies such as Naturepedic – who are committed to promoting sustainability and keeping toxic chemicals out of their products.
Ohio Environmental Council
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