The Latest: Ohio town criticized for water-testing reporting


SEBRING, Ohio (AP) — The latest on concerns about lead in residents’ tap water in Ohio (all times local):

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8 p.m.

The state Environmental Protection Agency says a northeastern Ohio village previously criticized for not properly notifying residents about high lead levels in tap water has failed to communicate recent test results to homeowners who requested sampling. The agency says Sebring also didn’t submit required weekly reports about water chemistry.

A message seeking comment was left for the village manager’s office after the EPA announced Tuesday evening that it issued another notice of violation.

Director Craig Butler says Ohio EPA staff conducting follow-up testing over the weekend realized the village hadn’t promptly and thoroughly notified a few residents whose water had showed high lead levels.

The EPA says nearly 700 water samples have been submitted for testing so far, and at least 30 homes showed lead levels above the federal standard.

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11:40 a.m.

The state Environmental Protection Agency says the latest round of tests in a northeast Ohio village has found high levels of lead in tap water at 11 of the 180 homes where owners voluntarily submitted samples.

The EPA says that 618 homeowners in the village of Sebring in Mahoning County have submitted tap water samples so far and that 30 homes showed lead levels above the federal standard. Sebring has come under scrutiny in recent weeks after state environmental officials said the operator of the village water plant waited months to notify people about high levels of lead found in some homes.

The statement says the Ohio EPA is working with the village and the U.S. EPA to “minimize” the amount of lead leaching from pipes.

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