EPA reiterates creek warnings
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency this afternoon urged the
public to continue heeding its advisories regarding Dicks Creek in
EPA Director Christopher Jones made the statement following AK Steel's
release this week of a study that concluded contaminants in the creek do
not pose a health risk.
"It is premature to draw any conclusions," Jones said today. "I urge
the public to take appropriate precautions until the health agencies are
satisfied that health threat does not exist."
AK Steel has filed an injunction against the EPA and its order to
reduce emissions into Dicks Creek. The company said its study shows
contamination there to be "10 to 100 times below" levels the EPA
categorizes as "significant."
Fish consumption and contact advisories have been in effect there since
1995. AK Steel draws cooling water from the Great Miami River and
discharges it after use through permitted outfalls in Dicks Creek.