Lepore-Hagan Urges Immediate Action To Protect Mahoning Valley Water Supply
Calls for more frequent testing from Mahoning Valley Sanitary District, Ohio EPA
 
 

State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today wrote to the Board of Directors of the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District (MVSD) and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Director Craig Butler, urging the EPA to take all necessary measures to protect the water of the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District and asking both parties to provide clarification with regards to their drinking water testing practices. 


“The drinking water contamination issues emanating from Sebring are deeply troubling. Although there is no known issue with the MVSD, it is important that we remain vigilant to protect our families, who deserve the right to drink tap water without having to worry that it will harm or even kill them,” said Lepore-Hagan. “While I am confident that our water system here is safe, I believe more frequent testing should be utilized to better ensure the ongoing quality of our drinking water."


 


Text of the letters can be seen below:


January 25, 2016


Mahoning Valley Sanitary District


Board of Directors


P.O. Box 4119


Youngstown, Ohio 44515-0119


Dear Members of the Board,


Given the water contamination crisis in nearby Sebring, I write to you today to urge more frequent testing for lead and other contaminants in our drinking water.


All families deserve the right to drink tap water without having to worry that it will harm or even kill them. As the supplier to over 300,000 people in the Mahoning Valley, my question to you is: how often are you testing the lead levels in the water being distributed to so many homes in the Valley? 


I urge you to test the water for lead levels immediately and continue to do so until the nearby water issues are resolved. I also urge that you continue to test the water at least once every three months rather than every few years. The health and wellbeing of the residents of the Mahoning Valley may depend upon it.  


I looked forward to your prompt reply.


Sincerely,


Representative Michele Lepore-Hagan


House District 58 


January 25, 2016


Craig W. Butler, Director
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency


P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, OH 43216


Dear Director Butler,


I am writing to inquire about the testing process for lead levels in the water in the state of Ohio. Unfortunately, the dire situation in Sebring and Beloit has caused reason for concern that the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency may not be doing enough to ensure drinking water safety in the state.


Could you please provide a thorough explanation for the testing process for water, including the frequency of which testing is conducted? Could you also share what the requirements are for testing specifically for lead in the state of Ohio?


It is imperative that we do everything necessary to resolve this problem as soon as possible and avoid the kind of tragedy that has occurred in Flint, Michigan. With an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease causing 10 deaths and over 80 illnesses, Flint is a sobering example of what can happen if this situation is not properly handled.


I believe that more frequent testing is necessary to ensure the continued quality of our drinking water in the Mahoning Valley. The health and wellbeing of our residents may depend upon it.  


I look forward to your prompt reply.


Representative Michele Lepore-Hagan


House District 58 

 
 
 
  
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