John P Sininger Jo Ann Hayslip Harvey U Schrock Eunice G. Burgess Senior Profile: Kaulen St Michael Cox Racing returns to Brushcreek on April 2 Southern Hills Athletic Conference holds Winter Sports Awards ceremony Adams County provides multiple walking venues Adams County parks are tobacco-free Rhoads Memorial 5K Run/Walk is April 9 Peebles Elem. Staff of the Month Floyd E Maddy Raymond A Holt Derrick Poe Spencer E McFarland Mintie F Rogers Roberta Eylar Big Time Wrestling coming to NAHS Carl Tomlin CTC students help with storm clean-up Opening the door for high-tech jobs Jack R Slyger Thomas Stratton Jr Eastern Lady Warriors headed to Final Four Senior Profile: Logan Rogers Southern Hills Athletic Conference names 2016-17 All-Conference Basketball Teams Winchester PD continues assault on drugs Alonso joins Defender staff Sheriff to set up outpost in Manchester Johnson named OEDA Membership Chairperson Sherman E Young Ruth Jackman ‘Kitten Season’ comes to Ohio Manchester Council votes to disband PD Olde Wayside Inn under new management Two overdose on heroin Senior Profile: Ethan Parrett Adams/Brown Youth League holds postseason tourney Three nights of pain Furious rally falls short, Lady Devils again eliminated in Div. III district finals, 45-42 Oscar Moore Barbara J Finnegan Ohio Senate and House honor Miss Ohio USA Michael Eldridge Frances Towner Thelma R Williamson BREAKING NEWS: Manchester council votes to eliminate police department Before all dogs go to heaven Adaptive Bikes delivered in Adams County Adams County Junior Fair Market Hog Identification plans announced for 2017 Local couple takes ownership of two local businesses Jo Hanson to retire after nearly 50 years in banking Sierra Club, hero or villain? Greyhounds, Devils are runners-up in SHAC Tournaments Harold L Purdin Senior Profile: Jacob Wickerham 98-year old author publishes first book Early March storm packs destructive punch Jeeps rally in second half to end the Peebles season How about some post season awards? Thanks for all the great sports coverage PHS Principal hopes to expand students’ world view When spring becomes a promise Greg Lorenz Clay shoots the lights out, shoots down Greyhounds’ season Senior Profile: Savannah McFarland Devils put up a good fight, but fall to Portsmouth in sectional final, 50-43 Second half comeback sends Lady Devils to district finals for third straight year Butts honored by Southeast District Athletic Board North Adams Elementary holds Random Acts of Kindness Week Chester W Eyre BREAKING NEWS: March makes its entrance with force WUES kicks off Right to Read Week with guest readers WUHS students see Aronoff show on the life of Edgar Allan Poe Local high school seniors winners of Wendy’s Heisman Awards The emotions of a senior year Market Hog Clinic scheduled for March 4 Venture Hawks fall to Scioto County Senior Profile : Colton Thornburg Lady Dragons’ season ends with sectional loss to Lynchburg Devils advance in tourney with convincing win over West Union, will face Portsmouth for sectional title Wenstrup selected as Vice Chairman of House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee Adams County 4-H Shooting Sports to hold fund raiser Linda M Howland Nellie B Hayslip Russell E Bailey Gladys M Perdue Commissioners meet in Columbus with DP&L CEO Tom Raga Missing the Dirtrollers The farms that aren’t forgotten 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

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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