Flora Hilderbran Commissioners to meet with DP&L officials New state graduation requirements called a ‘train wreck’ Catching up with Keller Senior Profile: Justin Knechtly Piketon size is too much for Lady Indians, Peebles falls in sectional finals Greyhounds grab Senior Night win Indians finish regular season riding six-game winning streak Harper, Hupp, Defense lead Lady Devils to fourth consecutive sectional championship West Union Elementary recognizes Students of the Month for January Second Healthy Hero awarded by Adams County Health and Wellness Coalition Coal company files to intervene in power plant closings Senior Profile: Jessica Sowards Senior Profile: Dennis Welch Dorothy E Walls Mabel Chamblin Michael R Jones Marie I Simmons Ray Johnson One thing to remember this President’s Day Adams County Deer Harvest down over 21% MLSD amends five-year budget, prepares for future with power plant closings Lady Dragons triumph in sectional opener Lady Hounds eighth graders capture SHAC Tournament title Gary L Fetters Sr Boys Sectional brackets released ‘We’re only as good as the way we treat others’ Another round of smiles Adams County Board of DD members recognized Terry L Unger 8th Grade Lady Devils ousted in tourney semis WU’s McCarty signs with Ohio Christian Joyce A Huddleson Carolyn Spires BREAKING NEWS: Peebles police search for man accused of selling marijuana-laced sweets Decision Time BBN Senior Profile: Summer Grundy Lady Devils fall to Southeastern, 56-48 Devils outlast Manchester 47-44 in double overtime Peebles holds second Hall of Fame Ceremony Senior Profile: Patrick England Sowards hits 1,000, ties PHS three-point mark County agencies prepare for sweeping budget cuts Manchester Council votes to cut police chief’s hours Wrestling debuts in Adams County Peebles Library hosts book signing As plants power down, community must step up Raymond P Dryden Alva Palmer Billie L Shoemaker Judith Long Brent A Arn Girls basketball sectional pairings announced WU’s Weeks will continue gridiron career at next level West Union JH Boys drop pair at Ripley Eighth Grade Lady Hounds roll into SHAC semi-finals Janet A Kennedy DP&L moving ahead with plans to close power plants Outreach Center in Peebles is a hub of giving River Sweep contest winners announced Gordley hits 1,000 mark, but Indians drop crucial SHAC contest to Lynchburg Manchester lifters compete at Piketon Senior Profile: Madelyn Sanders Charles L Hurd Randy Casto Bobby Strunk Dorothy J Scott Chester A Lanter Coach David Smalley picks up 500th career win at Rio Grande Dustin Holbrook Senior Profile: Camron Gordley As usual, optimism abounds on 2017 Reds Caravan Breeze, Beasley newest members of NAHS Athletic HOF Two humble men Adams County Manor Home Health Care makes road to recovery easier Don and Venita Bowles named as Outstanding Fair Supporters ‘Tip off For Tammy’ is a huge success, joint effort by two schools Husted campaign makes stop in Peebles Benefit held for double-lung transplant recipient I loved that muddy water, building in the creek Margaret E Broughton Larry A Hanson DP&L press release confirms closing of power plants Eighth grade girls showdown lives up to hype, North Adams wins in overtime, 45-43 Senior Profile: Raeanna Stamm North Adams Football sign-ups coming soon North Adams JV girls go 11-4 with win over Peebles Harper wins MaxPreps/JJHuddle Athlete of the Week West Union duo headed to the college gridiron Lady Devils make it 11 straight with win at Peebles Adams County residents attend Trump Inauguration A Look back at our Archives Peebles native comes home to film documentary Ohio Valley Wrestling Cub hosting home match on Jan. 31 Ruth A Branscome Velma Hughes Carol L Lewis Betty L Greiner Devils top New Boston 63-53 in finale of Coach Young Classic Lady Devils rout Eastern Pike in Young Classic

Protecting Ohioans from lead poisoning

The water crisis in Flint, Michigan, is attracting a lot of attention lately — and rightfully so. But while we work to help the people of Flint, we must also remember that Flint is not the only town where families face exposure to dangerous levels of lead.

Right here in Ohio, in the Village of Sebring, we know there are troubling amounts of lead in the water. No parent should have to worry that the water coming out of their faucets might be poisoning their children. Pregnant women shouldn’t have to fear their tap water.

That’s why my office is drafting legislation to help. Just like in Flint, families in Sebring were left in the dark about the presence of lead in their water. For months, local officials failed to notify residents about the lead — and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency failed to step in. Our bill will require the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to notify the public directly if there’s a danger from lead in the water system, if the state fails to do so within 15 days.

No more arguing about whose responsibility it is, while families continue drinking water that we know isn’t safe. No more finger pointing after the fact. Our bill will lay down a marker that when there is a problem with the water, people have a right to know — and if the state fails, it’s the EPA’s job to make sure they do.

Improving notification is a critical first step, but it isn’t enough. Our legislation would require communities whose water is contaminated to put a plan in place to clean up their water supply within six months. Right now, cities can take up to 18 months. Imagine getting a notice that your water isn’t safe, but being told you have to wait up to a year and a half before there is even a plan in place to fix it. That’s unacceptable.

And in the meantime, families need to know there are resources available to them while their water is being cleaned up — whether it’s bringing in bottled water, providing special filters, or whatever may be needed. Our legislation will make sure there is a clear plan in place to deliver safe, clean water for families.

Finally, we will require the EPA to post annual water quality reports online in one, easy to find place, so the public has access to information about what’s going on with their water.

And as we work to respond to the immediate needs in Sebring and Flint, we must also remember that this problem stretches far beyond just our water systems. Too many of our children in cities throughout the state are exposed to lead through paint in older homes and even through the dirt in their backyards.

An investigation last fall found that more than 40,000 children in Cuyahoga County, Ohio have tested positive for lead poisoning over the past 10 years. Nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that at least four million American households with children are being exposed to high levels of lead.

It’s not enough to just react to the immediate crisis at hand — once children have been exposed, the effects can’t be erased. We need a proactive strategy to protect families from being exposed to lead in the first place. This bill is just one piece of that puzzle. We are in this fight for the long haul, and we will keep fighting to protect Ohio families from lead.

Senator Sherrod Brown
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