A new criminal complaint Tuesday followed the FBI arrest of Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder for corruption charges linked to the passage of Ohio’s House Bill 6 (HB 6), the coal and nuclear bailout tax legislation. 

This time last year, Sierra Club, along with other advocacy groups, aggressively resisted HB6, which they argued forces electricity customers to pay more each month to prop up aging uneconomic coal and nuclear power plants, instead of investing in newer and cheaper clean energy projects, while also gutting Ohio’s clean energy and energy efficiency laws. Despite those efforts, the legislation passed with mounting questions and frustration.

In response, Neil Waggoner, Senior Campaign Representative for Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign in Ohio, released the following statement Tuesday:

“The whole process around HB 6 — from its passage through the legislature, to the attempted referendum campaign — was riddled with red flags. It's therefore shocking, but not surprising, that after a campaign around a bill based on lies, greed and a complete disregard of facts now involves criminal corruption at the highest levels of Ohio’s state government. 

“The Ohio legislature must take steps to rebuild public trust, and an immediate necessary first step is to repeal HB 6."

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