EPA: OH chemical reporting law doesn’t trump feds

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Federal environmental regulators are investigating the cause of a January chemical emergency at an Ohio oil well facility and asking why an inventory of the facility’s chemicals wasn’t available to local authorities.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has confirmed its probe to a coalition of environmental and community groups that filed a complaint this spring over the Jan. 16 incident near St. Marys in Auglaize County.

The groups asked the EPA to review the St. Marys incident, and alleged Clean Water Act violations in a Youngstown case, to see if the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ oil and gas regulatory program is functioning properly.

In a letter released Wednesday, the EPA’s Chicago-based Superfund director told the groups Ohio chemical-reporting laws shouldn’t supersede federal requirements.

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