Friday, May 29, 2009

Wenstrup Calls On Mayor To Oppose Job Killing Ordinance

(CINCINNATI, OH) Cincinnati Mayoral candidate, Brad Wenstrup, called on the Cincinnati mayor's office to strongly oppose the bill known as the "Environmental Justice Ordinance" calling the measure a job killer.

Some members of the Health, Environment and Education Committee of Cincinnati City Council voted to endorse the ordinance on Wednesday, and it is expected to go to a full vote on City Council next week.

"The United States and the state of Ohio already have a number of agencies that provide numerous environmental regulations that are directed at protecting the environment," Wenstrup said. "Creating additional barriers to job creation and economic growth is the last thing Cincinnati needs."

The so-called "Environmental Justice Ordinance" creates a new bureaucracy that includes a so-called "Environmental Justice Examiner" and additional fees of up to $1,000 just to apply for a permit in addition to the fees and bureaucracies that must be overcome at the state and federal levels. The scope of the ordinance also only covers activities already regulated by the United states Environmental Protection Agency or Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

"What the Vice Mayor and his committee have done is create a new agency that will duplicate efforts of existing agencies while costing tax payers. This gives businesses that are interested in coming to Cincinnati another reason to choose another city. This gives our current businesses another reason to leave Cincinnati" Wenstrup added.