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That's the preliminary conclusion after a
group of Ohio citizens complained that the local
EPA wasn't doing its job. For more than a year
the U.S. EPA has been looking into the Ohio EPA.
A group of Ohio citizens said the state has
done such a poor job when it comes to air and
water polluters that the federal government
should take over.
The U.S. said before any final decisions are
made, it needs to hear from the people
complaining and that's exactly what took place
Tuesday. Nearly everyone who attended the
meeting was there for one reason, to complain
about the Ohio EPA.
“They don't have the ability to clean it up,”
said Ron Duncan.
Ron and Laura Duncan are talking about their
drinking water, which they said is contaminated.
The Duncans drove 170 miles from their home in
Middlefield to ask the feds to clean up their
wells because they said the state has done
“It’s very frustrating. What upsets me the
most is the knowledge they've had since 1994
about this contamination and done nothing to try
to find the source,” said Laura Duncan,
“We would like to be able to do a lot of
things faster but we are trying to do the best
we can with the resources we have,” said Carol
Hester, Ohio EPA
It is those resources that caused the U.S.
EPA to examine the state agency.
“Ohio is doing some things well but also Ohio
is doing some things where we feel need to make
some changes,” said Thomas Skinner, regional EPA
Skinner said the audit revealed OEPA has
fewer employees needed to run its air programs,
had conducted fewer air inspections and the
state agency is lacking in training programs.
“We're open to improvement we've cooperated
with U.S. EPA all along with this review when
you look at any organization especially of this
size you are going to find some problems,” said
Ohio EPA said it will make improvements and
will work with the federal agency. The U.S. EPA
said at this point, it has no plans to take back
Ohio's policing of these environmental programs.
The U.S. EPA said this environmental audit
was the most comprehensive one ever completed of
a state agency. After listening to the public,
the U.S. EPA will release its final report in a