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Mayor: The proposal to close the Office of Environmental Quality not on Council Agenda

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Mayor Mark Mallory will not move forward with the effort by the conservative majority of City Council to eliminate the Office of Environmental Quality (OEQ).

The OEQ has won $23,566,237 in grants and saved $1,036,871 on the City's energy bills and saved an additional $930,731 through the enhanced recycling program.

"It would be ridiculous to get rid of a department that's saving that kind of money," said Mayor Mark Mallory. "There are a lot of reasons to keep the Office of Environmental Quality, such as improving the quality of life in our city and protecting our environment, but as we deal with the tough economy, the simplest reason is that it saves us money."

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