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Ohio EPA warned city officials about water treatment plant

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

A recently surfaced letter shows the Ohio EPA had been in contact with Toledo officials earlier this year, warning them about potential failures to the Collins Park water treatment plant.

In a letter sent June 9, the Ohio EPA said the City of Toledo was continuing to be in violation of the Ohio Administrative Code and did not have an emergency plan in place.

The letter said the Collins Park plant was "vulnerable to potential failures that could severely impact the city's ability to provide adequate quantities of safe water to its citizens."

The EPA says they had been in contact with the city over the last two years and had been hopeful that their concerns would be addressed, but the letter said "while the city has indicated they are working toward this end, Ohio EPA is not yet convinced that adequate progress is being made."

The letter also points out the lack of an emergency plan should there be a major plant or source failure that meant drinking water could not be produced.

On June 16, Toledo Public Utilities Director Ed Moore responded to the letter addressing improvements.  He also accepted an invitation from the Director of the Ohio EPA for staff members to visit Toledo to help solve outstanding issues.

Moore told Jerry Anderson on this week's leading edge that they are currently making massive improvements at Collins Park.

"We (received) bond money to fund $264 million worth of projects at our water treatment plant," he said.  "Those projects are going on right now."

Read the letters from the Ohio EPA to the city here.

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