Columbus—Today, Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) issued the following statement after it was announced that James Bates, the former operator of Sebring's water system, now faces criminal charges as a result of the village's lead contamination crisis:

“The criminal charges filed against the operator of Sebring’s water system are further evidence of serious mismanagement that contributed to the village’s lead contamination crisis.  But, the Ohio EPA also shares some responsibility for failing to act sooner when it knew about the problem months before it notified the public.   We can hope that the lessons learned from Sebring, which prompted the passage of new state laws, will prevent this type of situation from being repeated anywhere in Ohio. The bottom line: Safe drinking water must be the top priority for local communities and the state EPA.”

 
 
 
  
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