Ohio EPA fires two employees, demotes one after Sebring water issues

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SEBRING, Ohio - Two employees have been fired and one has been demoted following issues with the lead levels in water in Sebring, Ohio.

An employee in their central office, who was responsible for sending in lab results, failed to make sure the data was provided to the field office. That data would have helped the field office correctly perform their review.

That employee's supervisor was fired as well.

Also, a manager in the Northeast district office was demoted after they failed to tell management about the water issues in Sebring when they were first brought the village's attention in early December.

Ohio EPA officials say nearly 900 samples have been submitted by homeowners in the village over the past three weeks to be tested.  55 homes have shown lead levels above the federal standard since the middle of January.

The EPA says running the tap for a few minutes eliminates any detectable lead in the water.


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