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About River City News Network

RCNN Publisher and Editor Callie Lyons is an independent journalist and author living in the Mid Ohio Valley. Her first book, Stain-Resistant, Nonstick, Waterproof and Lethal: The Hidden Dangers of C8, is available at Amazon.com and in hundreds of libraries all over the world. Known as a "warrior for public health", Lyons' environmental investigations have been featured in documentaries, including Good Neighbors - Bad Blood and Toxic Soup, on Swedish National Television and in numbers of television, radio and print media interviews. Her work has appeared on Nova's Whiz Kids and in Mother Jones magazine. More recently, a national audience has come to know her award-winning investigative work through the Environmental Working Group and interviews with leading publications like the Huffington Post and The Intercept. Lyons' work was featured in the 2017 documentary Parched:Toxic Waters by National Geographic. According to Dr. Arlene Blum of the Green Science Policy Institute at UC Berkeley, Lyons' book provided the inspiration for the Madrid Statement, which documents the scientific consensus regarding the persistence and potential for harm of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances like PFOA and lays out a roadmap to gather needed information and prevent further harm. In 2006, Lyons received the Associated Press of Ohio Award for Best Business Writer. In 2007, Ohio Citizen Action presented Lyons with the Uncovering the Truth Award for her environmental journalism. In 2015, the Marietta 9-12 Project awarded Lyons the Freedom Pin for her commitment to democracy and free press.

Rings Trial Set for December 11

The State of Ohio’s case against Washington County Prosecutor Kevin Rings is set for trial on December 11 with jury selection beginning at 9 am. 55 year old Rings was indicted in June on misdemeanor charges stemming from a sexual … Continue reading

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NC PFAS Study: Higher Prevalence of Brain Birth Defects

An analysis of birth defects and PFAS exposure in North Carolina turned up an unexplained prevalence of brain birth defects in the five counties studied – and beyond. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services recently released an … Continue reading

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Ohio Senate Considers Anti-Protest Bill

A proposed Ohio law would make pipeline protesting a felony attached to hefty penalties. Senate Bill 250 is intended to “protect critical infrastructure facilities from mischief,” as titled. But civil rights activists and environmental advocates say it is an unconstitutional … Continue reading

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C8 Attorney Files PFAS Suit

The attorney who took on DuPont in the class action lawsuit over contaminated water supplies in the Mid-Ohio Valley is challenging the industry once again to examine the real-world science about chemical exposure. This time attorney Rob Bilott filed suit … Continue reading

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Ohio Fire Marshal Advises Departments to Handle Foams with Caution

There are new concerns about the family of carcinogenic chemicals familiar in the Mid-Ohio Valley because of their role in the manufacture of Teflon at DuPont Washington Works. In the early 2000’s, the manmade industrial solvent known as C8 or … Continue reading

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Update: Remediation of Fenton Site Proceeds

Remediation of the former site of Fenton Art Glass is underway in Williamstown as construction crews prepare to build a new elementary school at that location. Even so, several individuals have voiced their concerns to RCNN over the safety of … Continue reading

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Fenton Property Remediation Raises Concerns

Construction of a new Williamstown Elementary School at the site of the Fenton Art Glass factory is underway and the Wood County Board of Education has approved a plan for the remediation of the property to remove toxic chemicals left … Continue reading

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RCNN Call for Submissions

River City News Network is looking for several contributors with a variety of interests as we expand our content delivery. We are seeking lifestyle columnists with expertise in such areas as antiques, collectibles, fine dining, cooking, gardening, travel, nature, wellness, … Continue reading

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DuPont/Chemours Ask Local Judge to Dismiss Ohio’s PFOA Case

Washington County Judge Randall Burnworth today heard arguments in the State of Ohio’s case against Dupont and Chemours over C8 pollution which allegedly harmed the state’s natural resources. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine filed the suit in February seeking damages … Continue reading

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Update for Belpre Parents Concerned

Update 5/21:  Belpre City Schools Superintendent Tony Dunn explained: “All volunteers who serve in an official capacity within our district are Board approved.  If they serve in a capacity that puts them in a position where they are alone with … Continue reading

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