Kasich: Sebring’s water trouble not like Flint

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Ohio Governor and Presidential Candidate John Kasich speaks at the The Oakland County Republican Party and the 9th District Republican Party’s Calvin Coolidge Breakfast and reception held at the Towers Watson in Southfield, Michigan on Saturday July 25, 2015. (Max Ortiz/The Detroit News)

MERRIMACK, New Hampshire (AP) – John Kasich says a situation involving lead-tainted water in Sebring is “not even comparable” to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

The Ohio governor’s comments came during a Saturday presidential campaign stop in New Hampshire in response to a voter question about elevated lead levels in the water in Sebring.

Complete coverage of the Sebring water crisis

Residents in the town recently were told that high lead levels were found in drinking water last summer.

Environmental regulators say the water system operator failed to notify the public, an allegation the plant superintendent denies.

Kasich says Ohio’s environmental regulators “sprung immediately into action,” and took away the operator’s license. He said a federal EPA administrator said the state EPA had taken steps beyond what’s required.

Kasich says, “we’re on top of it and things are fine.”

Flint, Michigan, is under a public health emergency after its drinking water became tainted following a 2014 switch in the city’s water source.

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