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Columbus Dispatch: Kasich’s Budget Would Cut 95% of Clean-Coal Agency
March 21, 2011, 1:03 pm
Filed under: News

Office pays for coal scrubbers, research
Sunday, March 20, 2011  03:22 AM
By Spencer Hunt

The Ohio Air Quality Development Authority boasted in a special anniversary report in August that it had been “clearing the air for 40 years.”

For an agency that has spent millions of dollars on “clean coal” research and helped power companies and other businesses secure billions more to help buy air-pollution filters, year 41 might be its toughest.

Gov. John Kasich’s proposed two-year budget would cut its annual funding by 95.5 percent, from $20.6million to $923,499.

The bulk of the agency’s funding, which is meant to support coal development and research projects, would be transferred to the Ohio Department of Development.

Authority Director Mark Shanahan said that, although his office isn’t going to disappear, he does wonder how much of a role it will play in the Kasich administration.

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