Ohio Citizen Action gets results
year by year, 1975 - 1998
- Citizen Action is founded as the "Ohio Public Interest
- Citizen Action and Ohio unions campaign against Gov.
Jim Rhodes' ballot issue to give big tax breaks to Ohio manufacturers;
voters reject the proposal resoundingly...
- Citizen Action begins a nationwide campaign to require
advance notice of plant closings, which becomes federal law in 1989...
- After Citizen Action and community groups make downtown
tax abatements a top issue against incumbents, voters oust the Cleveland
mayor and ten City Council members; the tax breaks are stopped for a
- Under pressure from Citizen Action and community groups,
Columbus City Council denies a $10 million giveaway to Nationwide Insurance
for their new headquarters...
- Clevelanders vote 2-to-1 to keep the city’s public power
system after a mid-winter door-to-door campaign led by Citizen Action,
the mayor, unions, and community groups...
- Citizen Action and neighborhood groups negotiate community
reinvestment agreements with State Fidelity and Citizens Federal Savings
and Loan in Dayton, Bank One in Columbus and Akron, and Central Trust
- Citizen Action, unions, and community groups win Cincinnati
City Council approval for the strongest toxic chemical right-to-know
ordinance in the nation...
- Citizen Action’s campaign against "construction work
in progress" rate hikes for the Perry and Zimmer nuclear plants wins
as the Public Utilities Commission repeatedly rejects such charges...
- Citizen Action wins an anti-trust suit against three
northeast Ohio grocery chains for price-fixing, resulting in a $20 million
victory for a million Cleveland, Akron and Lorain-area households --
the largest private consumer anti-trust settlement in U.S. history...
- Citizen Action and Dayton environmental groups pressure
officials to close the notorious Powell Road landfill...
- Citizen Action and allies win toxic right-to-know ordinances
in Akron and Norwood...
- Citizen Action plays a key role in winning a settlement
with Columbia Gas Transmission Corporation, saving Ohio gas customers
$300 million -- the biggest rate cut in Ohio utility history...
- Citizen Action and allies win a toxic right-to-know ordinance
- Citizen Action wins a new state law severely restricting
"construction work in progress" payments...
- Congress enacts a federal right-to-know law modeled on
Ohio’s local ordinances backed by Citizen Action...
- A Citizen Action-led campaign secures State matching
funds to clean up hazardous waste dumps...
- Citizen Action develops a high school curriculum on hazardous
materials and wastes -- the first of its kind in the nation...
- After a two-year legislative brawl, Citizen Action and
others win victims’ rights protections in an insurance industry "tort
- Citizen Action helps win a new toxic transportation law
after the Miamisburg train derailment, and wins reforms in Ohio’s garbage
law to prevent the State from overriding local zoning of new landfills...
- Citizen Action saves Ohio Edison customers $25 million
when its intervention delays a massive rate hike...
- Citizen Action helps build a community consensus in Dayton
leading to passage of the city’s landmark groundwater and wellfield
protection law, now a model for communities nationwide...
- Citizen Action wins a state chemical right-to-know reporting
law and protects local right-to-know ordinances from attack by chemical
- Citizen Action releases the first comprehensive industrial
pollution reports for every zip code in the nation...
- A Citizen Action initiative petition with 27,000 signatures
forces Toledo City Council to investigate lower-priced competitive alternatives
to Toledo Edison’s electric monopoly...
- A Citizen Action lawsuit forces the Public Utilities
Commission of Ohio to open all its discussion of cases to the public...
- Citizen Action’s ‘good neighbor’ campaigns begin to yield
results B.F. Goodrich in Akron commits to reducing emissions by 70%
within three years... GenCorp Polymer Products in Mogadore commits to
abating odors from the plant... Dayton-Walther Corporation recieves
the highest air pollution fine in Ohio history...
- The State carries out Citizen Action’s "Insurance Consumer’s
Right-to-Know" plan, publishing comparison prices and appointing an
Insurance Consumer’s Advocate...
- A flood of letters from Citizen Action members to legislators
stops an attempt to abolish Ohio’s Hazardous Waste Facility Board...
- Toledo Edison’s customers save 7% as the utility tries
to head off Citizen Action’s public power campaign...
- Citizen Action and other groups lead Cincinnati City
Council to pass a new clean air code, which beefs up the city’s enforcement
against polluters and gives citizens the right to sue...
- Citizen Action forces an FDA recall of Halloween hair
sprays with cancer-causing ingredients...
- Ohio voters pass term limits for state and federal officeholders,
after petitions from Citizen Action and others put it on the ballot...
- Citizen Action brings Akron-area high school students
and teachers together for field trips and workshops on solving local
environmental problems. The project expands in 1994-5 to Cleveland-area
- Citizen Action blows the whistle on, and stops, an inside
deal for the legislature to drop environmental safeguards at Montgomery
County’s garbage incinerators...
- After a year of prodding by Citizen Action, the state
warns the public about PCBs and other toxic chemicals in Lake Erie fish...
- After 15 years of Citizen Action public power campaigns,
CEI and Toledo Edison scrap the Perry nuclear plant, bowing to competition
from Cleveland Public Power and a Toledo public power system in the
- East Ohio Gas drops its rate hike request from 18% to
7% and drops its demand for a future automatic rate escalator, after
Citizen Action members wrote 9,500 cards and letters, held protests,
and won city council resolutions opposing the hike...
- Thousands of letters from Citizen Action members persuade
Ohio grocery chains, including Kroger, Finast, Rini-Rego, Big Bear,
Acme and Heinen’s to offer organic food grown without pesticides...
- After thousands of calls from Citizen Action members
and other customers, Columbia Gas drops a winter billing plan that overcharged
customers by $10 million...
- Montgomery County scraps its two garbage incinerators
thanks to years of organizing by neighborhood groups and Citizen Action
against dioxin and other air emissions...
- Lobbying by Citizen Action and other groups block a federal
bill to allow more cancer-causing pesticides in food, and jeopardize
standards for meat and poultry inspections...
- Toledo City Council first blocks the public power study,
then votes 10 - 0 to continue when Citizen Action threatens to take
the issue to the ballot...
- After three years of pressure by Citizen Action and others,
Congress passes the Food Quality Protection Act to shield children from
harmful pesticides in their diets...
- A grassroots campaign led by Citizen Action persuades
the cities of Columbus and Bowling Green to take steps to keep the weedkiller
atrazine out of drinking water...
- Citizen Action, unions, injured workers, and trial attorneys
win the first referendum vote in Ohio in 60 years. Voters rejected a
new law to reduce injured workers compensation and make it harder to
prove damage from chemical exposures...
- After a seven year campaign -- and 15,000 Citizen Action
member letters -- Ohio enacts the tougher water quality standards of
the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement...
- Sixteen Ohio statewide candidates electronically file
their campaign contributions on Citizen Action’s website. This first-ever
demonstration spurs then-Secretary of State Bob Taft to follow suit...