Urgent warnings should have been sent to the village of Sebring after officials failed to notify all water users within 60 days that tests during the late summer showed high levels of lead in at six homes, said Craig Butler, head of Ohios Environmental Protection Agency.
It is not as if there was no communication, but I dont think it was strong enough, he
Congressman Tim Ryan of the Youngstown area has called on Butler to resign, and Democratic state Rep.
The village should have told all residents about the contaminated water by the end of November, Butler
The agency sent the village a notice in early December that said it had missed the deadline.
said that he
first learned Jan. 21 of the high lead readings and immediately told the village to issue an advisory saying children and pregnant women shouldnt drink their tap water.
The state also moved to remove the water plant manager and sent a team of investigators to the village.
An administrator with the U.S. EPAs Great Lakes regional office sent a letter to Butler
this week that said the state agency had taken steps that go beyond whats required in the federal rules regarding lead and water.