Ohio EPA: Action over lead-tainted water took too long

John Seewer
Associated Press

The head of Ohio’s environmental agency says his office should have moved more quickly and sent stronger warnings to village officials that they needed to warn residents about lead-tainted tap water.

Environmental Protection Agency Director Craig Butler says officials in Sebring near Youngstown missed several deadlines to notify the public.

But he also said Friday that the agency waited too long to take formal action.

Ohio Democrats in Congress and the legislature are asking the state EPA why months passed before residents found out about the contaminated water.

Congressman Tim Ryan of the Youngstown area has called on Butler to resign, saying the state should have stepped in sooner.

The EPA director says he moved to fix the problem the day he learned about the contaminated water last week.