When kids know best Giving some love to those dog days Junior Fair BBQ again a big success Beulah B James Senior Profile: Josie Myers Lady Indians place second at Ohio Classic in Hillsboro MVCA dominates Greyhounds in 45-0 triumph For Lady Devils, SHAC streak goes to 55 matches 9/11: Sixteen years later Gertrude Gibson Defender Bowl coming Sept. 16 Joyce A Walker Virginia R Young Senior Profile: Abby Campton West Union hosts 2017 Dragon Run New gridiron history begins for Peebles Trout, fire, and blueberry fields forever Senior Profile: Baylee Justice Lady Devils win SHAC thriller at Eastern Brown From Blue Creek to the Beaneaters Tough loss for Greyhounds in season opener Turning tragedy into hope What we learn from failure Absolutely had to get the wrinkles out Frances S Kidder Leo Trotter 41st Bentonville Festival set to begin Sept. 8 Winchester celebrates its history during three-day street fair Cruisefest returning to streets of Peebles Blue Creek- a community in transition honors its history and heritage Cuteness Galore – Winchester Homecoming Festival Baby Show Ronnie L Day Cast your vote for the Adams County Fairgrounds Nelson E Atkinson Ryan L Colvin Richard Tackett William L Tadlock Penny Pollard Wendell Beasley West Union soccer drops pair at Mason County Lady Indians go down in straight sets Senior Profile: Michael Gill Senior Profile: Katie Sandlin Royals dominate in big win over North Adams Dragons continue County Cup domination Archaeology Day returns to Serpent Mound Hourglass Quilt Square is back up again Manchester family hosts International Guests History, farming, and family- the bedrock of Cherry Fork’s community Bus drivers, emergency responders prepare for coming school year Working up a real good sweat What’s behind the motive? Rondal R Bailey Jr Thelma J Yates She’s all grown up now Scott A Yeager Soccer talent on display at 2017 SHAC preview Baseball community mourns the loss of Gene Bennett Winchester Homecoming Festival is Aug 25-27 Eleanor P Tumbleson Felicity man killed in Ohio River boating accident WUHS golfers take Portsmouth Invitational It was pretty cold that day Volleyball kicks off with SHAC Preview Night Young awarded Women’s Western Golf Foundation Scholarship One Mistake Senator Portman visits GE Test Facility in Peebles Adams County school districts facing some major challenges for the coming year Family, friends, and roots: the ties that bind residents of one Adams County village What is your strength? Just the chance to take a look back Ronnie L Wolford Dale J Marshall Herbert Purvis Great American Solar Eclipse coming Aug. 21 BREAKING NEWS: West Union wins fifth consecutive County Cup Wallace B Boden John L Fletcher Lady Indians golfers learning the links North Adams, West Union golfers open 2017 seasons This Labor Day, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Blanton announces candicacy for Court of Appeals Local student attends Congress of Future Medical Leaders MHS welcomes new principal Made in America When it feels like you’re spinning plates Bonfires and “building” a farm Lady Devils looking to take that next step 50 years of Bengal memories Ag Society delivers donation to Dragonfly Foundation Young Memorial Scholarship awarded to a pair of local seniors ‘Musical passion is in his blood’ Naylor named NAHS Principal Boldman retiring after 17 years as Homeless Shelter director Manchester concludes another River Days celebration Drug Treatment vs. Prison James R Brown Bobby Lawler Jr Adams County man charged with killing estranged girlfriend Lexie N Hopkins

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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