YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The first thing Senator Sherrod Brown wants to know about the water crisis in Sebring is what the state government’s course of action was.
“I want to make sure people in Columbus, whatever they knew, they are held responsible for what they knew,” he said.
Brown says he doesn’t know enough about what happened, but he wants someone to take responsibility.
He recalls past incidences, where he says state governments would turn a blind eye to oil and tobacco companies. Brown says it’s easier for those companies to pollute lakes and rivers than to process the waste.
“I’m always concerned with a state government, like this one, that they’re too often more interested in keeping their interest group friends happy than protecting the public health.”
During a campaign stop in New Hampshire over the weekend, Governor John Kasich says things are not nearly as bad as in Flint, Michigan. He says the state is on top of things in Sebring.
According to Kasich, the federal EPA says the Ohio EPA took steps beyond what is recommended.