WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – The person who sent a video to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency involving the Trumbull County Engineer’s Office has been named.
Berry Meadows, owner of Digging Dirt, sent the training video of workers discharging a liquid into a storm drain to the EPA on two separate occasions with the an email that read “ breaking the law by discharging catch basin debris from a vacuum truck into the storm sewer.”
The newly released video was a training exercise and the EPA found no contamination.
Meadows’ attorney David Engler said whether it was clean water or not, his client didn’t do anything wrong.
“Whether it’s clean water from Howland Springs or Pierre water that is going into that vac truck, once you get it into a vac truck it is dirty,” Engler said. “He just simply forwarded it on to the EPA in case there was an issue.”
Meadows has been outspoken about county business for years – taking on the Trumbull County Health Department over the right to install septic systems in the county. He was also present when Engler and Kendall Lee Stauffer, an employee of the Trumbull County Engineer’s Office, filed a lawsuit.
“It is not an axe to grind. It is actually trying to get to the truth of the matter,” Engler said.
Trumbull County Engineer Randy Smith said union steward Anthony Johnson admitted to shooting the video and sent it to two other employees.
While the investigation continues over the video, Johnson is currently on a 30-day unpaid suspension because of an unrelated diesel fuel spill where he left a hose unattended and fuel spilled onto the ground. That incident was recorded on a surveillance camera.