Ohio among worst for lead violations in water systems

Published: Tuesday, June 28, 2016 @ 11:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday, June 29, 2016 @ 5:09 AM

Miami Valley Hospital’s discovery of elevated lead levels in a portion of its Dayton campus water supply isn’t an isolated problem in Ohio, according to a national report.

The state ranked among the worst states in the U.S. for water systems with lead violations, according to new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council that shows millions of Americans got their drinking water from systems with lead violations in 2015.

The report released Tuesday dives into the prevalence of lead in drinking water. More than 18 million people were served by 5,363 community water systems that violated lead and copper regulations — and one of the worst offenders was Ohio. These violations included failure to treat to reduce lead levels, failure to monitor for lead, and failure to report test results to citizens or the government, according to the report.

Ohio EPA records show in 2015 that more than 20 violations involving lead in water systems were found at local governments or businesses with private water supplies in counties in the Miami Valley.

NRDC scientists and health experts say the problem could be more pervasive because many lead violations don’t even show up in government databases. Even Flint, Mich. — which saw widespread issues with elevated lead levels in the city water supply that affected the health of children in the community — didn’t show up in government databases as having violations.

More than a week after elevated lead levels were found in the water supply of multiple Miami Valley Hospital buildings on South Main Street, officials have yet to determine the source of the problem. The results of the most recent water supply testing of the region’s largest hospital stayed consistent with original numbers.

The water line flushing plan will remove all sediment in these pipes, Howard said. This will result in accurate findings for future water tests. Howard said the hospital is still providing bottled water and ice to patients and staff as they work to find the source of the cause.

On June 17, test results showed elevated levels of lead in the water supply of the southeast addition of the hospital. Hospital officials worked with the Ohio Protection Agency, and completed further testing on surrounding areas and buildings.

EPA audits have long found that many drinking water violations do not show up in its database, according to the report.

“It’s basically like sipping water out of a lead straw,” said Erik Olson, health program director at NRDC. “A whopping nine out of 10 of these water rule violations never faced any formal enforcement. States and EPA sought penalties against only three percent of lead rule violators. That’s inexcusable.”

Olson said there has been a pattern of officials who have found a way to “game the system” in order to obscure lead contamination.

“There’s pretty substantial lead contamination that is not being reported,” he said.

Lead is especially toxic to children, who are more susceptible to lead poisoning and suffer more severe impacts than adults. Scientists have found that even at low levels previously thought to be safe, lead can cause serious, irreversible damage to the developing brains and nervous systems of babies and young children.

“The bottom line is that lead is found in drinking water in cities well beyond Flint, often affecting vulnerable lower-income communities of color,” said Rhea Suh, NRDC’s president. “Unsafe drinking water is a national problem that needs a national solution.”

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SUV hits buggy: Woman killed, husband, 2 infants critical; driver jailed in Shelby Co.

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 9:11 PM
Updated: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 4:00 PM

Crash

UPDATE @ 4 p.m.

A Sidney man is facing aggravated vehicular homicide charges in connection to a fatal crash involving an SUV and horse-drawn buggy.

Steven Eugene Hunter, 42, was booked into the Shelby County Jail early this morning. He is being held without bond.

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A 23-year-old woman was killed, and her husband and two infant children all remain in critical condition at hospitals in Dayton.

The Amish family who lives in the Maplewood area all were ejected from a buggy that was struck from behind just before 9 p.m. Friday on state Route 47 near Tawawa-Maplewood Road in Shelby County near the Logan County line.

(JIM NOELKER / STAFF)

UPDATE @ 11:50 p.m.

A 23-year-old woman was killed and two infants and a man critically injured Friday night after they were ejected from a buggy in an alcohol-related crash.

“The preliminary investigation indicated that the buggy was westbound, properly lit, on state Route 47. A westbound SUV struck the buggy from behind,” Lt. Tim Bender of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said of the deadly crash involving four members of a local Amish family.

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The crash happened just before 9 p.m. in the 22000 block of state Route 47 West near Tawawa-Maplewood Road in Shelby County near the Logan County border.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Two infants were flown by CareFlight to a Dayton hospital, and a man was taken to Wilson Memorial Hospital, then transferred to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. The infants and man “are in critical condition at this time,” Bender said.

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None of the victims’ names have been released.

The SUV driver, whose name also has not been released, attempted to flee but his vehicle was stuck so he ran on foot, the lieutenant said.

“He was apprehended by Logan County Sheriff’s deputies about a mile from the scene,” Bender said. “It is possible the driver of the vehicle was alcohol-involved.”

The SUV driver suffered minor injuries.

“The horse (pulling the buggy) also had minor visible injuries and was taken to a farm nearby,” Bender said.

The 911 call originally went to Logan County because the crash happened so close to the county line,and both agencies are handling the crash jointly, Bender said.

The SUV driver will be cited for assured clear distance and likely will face more charges in the fatal crash.

FIRST REPORT

Crews were called tonight to a serious crash between a vehicle and buggy.

The collision was reported just before 9 p.m. in the 22000 block of state Route 47 West, near Township Road 33 North.

According to initial reports, there are at least three people injured.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office dispatch said no other information was available at this time.

Two CareFlight medical helicopters have been requested.

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com

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Family, friends provide loving tributes to Barbara Bush at funeral service

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 10:20 AM
Updated: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 4:01 PM

VIDEO: Barbara Bush’s Funeral

Approximately 1,500 guests attended former first lady Barbara Bush's private funeral ceremony in Houston Saturday.

Barbara Bush, the wife of the nation’s 41st president and mother of the nation’s 43rd, died Tuesday at her Houston home. She was 92.

About 2,500 mourners paid their respect at a public viewing held Friday in Houston, The Associated Press reported.

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The service took place at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston. Jeb Bush delivered a eulogy for his mother. Longtime friend Susan Baker and historian Jon Meacham also gave remarks during the 90-minute service. Multiple musical selections were performed.

A procession followed, with burial at the Bush Library at Texas A&M University in College Station. Barbara Bush will be buried next to her daughter, Robin, who was 3 years old when she died of leukemia in 1953, The AP reported.

Notable guests included first lady Melania Trump, former President Bill Clinton, former first lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama, The AP reported.

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Spring is back for the weekend; Lyrid Meteor Shower peaks overnight

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 6:38 AM
Updated: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 2:00 PM

The chance for rain returns early next week.

Filtered sunshine, but milder for the afternoon, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs said. Temperatures approach 60 degrees, which is closer to normal.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Clouds may keep us from seeing Lyrid Meteor shower tonight
  • A quiet day Sunday 
  • Chance for rain Monday - Wednesday 

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DETAILED FORECAST

Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy skies are expected this evening and overnight tonight. Temperatures will drop to near 40 degrees. Because of the few clouds sticking around, it may be difficult to see the Lyrid Meteor shower overnight and early Sunday, but with a few breaks you may be able to see some.

Sunday: We’ll see a little bit more sunshine on Sunday, but once again passing clouds and filtered sun is expected, highs in the middle 60s.

>> 5-Day Forecast

Monday: A dry start is expected, but rain is expected to move in later in the afternoon and the evening. Highs will be in the middle 60s.

Tuesday: We will see mostly cloudy skies with a chance for showers, highs will drop back into the upper 50s.

>> County-by-County Weather

Wednesday: A few lingering showers are expected for the first part of Wednesday, highs will be near 60 degrees.

Thursday: Should be a dry day with partly sunny skies and highs near 60 degrees.

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Dayton says new efforts stemming crime in neighborhood where women’s bodies found

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 5:01 PM

As the city of Dayton looks for answers into the deaths of five women, residents are doing what they can to clean up a vacant and drug-infested area.

Dayton police say stepped-up patrols have led to fewer gun crimes and more drug and prostitution arrests in the North Main Street corridor where residents have long complained of rampant crime and where several women have been found dead in yards and alleys since June.

Dayton police on Friday announced that on Dec. 4, 2017 the West Patrol Operations Division assigned two patrol officers to focus their efforts along the North Main corridor.

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“The officers work closely with other bureaus within the police department, along with neighborhood leaders and residents, to pursue crime reduction and improved public safety,” says a release from the city. “These officers have attended numerous neighborhood association meetings and forged relationships with thirteen area businesses.”

This initiative has led to a 5 percent decrease in gun crimes such as homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assaults compared to the same period in 2017, the city says.

They have also increased arrests for drugs, prostitution, weapons and traffic citations. This includes serving eight search warrants and conducting seven underage sale of tobacco investigations along the corridor.

Residents called for months for increased attention to crime problems plaguing North Main.

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North Main’s problems were put in the spotlight last month when the Dayton Daily News featured the unsolved deaths of five women in the area and residents’ efforts to reclaim the neighborhood.

Anyone who witnesses any criminal or suspicious activity in the North Main area is asked to call 333-COPS to report it. To remain anonymous, call Miami Valley Crime Stoppers at 937-222-STOP.

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