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Lawmakers questioning Ohio agency over lead-tainted water

Ohio Democrats in Congress and the legislature are asking the state’s environmental agency why months passed before residents found out about their lead-tainted tap water.

Congressman Tim Ryan of the Youngstown area is calling on the director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to resign, saying the state should have stepped in sooner.

A state EPA spokeswoman says agency director Craig Butler moved to fix the problem as soon as he learned about the contaminated water.

The EPA says operators of the small water system in Sebring near Youngstown ignored their earlier directives to issue a warning after tests showed high levels of lead last summer.

Environmental regulators say the water manager also falsified reports about alerting the public. The plant manager calls those allegations a lie.

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