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A Q and A with the head of the Ohio EPA about Youngstown dumping
Scott Nally provides details on what's been going on with two fronts: criminal and cleanup
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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Scott Nally's agency, the Ohio EPA, is directing a clean up that includes new manholes to allow crews to get into storm sewer pipes.
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Ohio EPA Director Scott Nally was at an EPA conference in Kentucky yesterday and missed the press conference alongside the Mahoning River in which officials announced a federal criminal charge against a Youngstown oil driller. But Nally hasn’t missed much else in this two-week saga. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze spoke with him about the ongoing investigation and cleanup.

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Investigators are confident they know certain things about what happened on an industrial property on Youngstown’s northwest side two weeks ago: Employees of a company on Salt Springs road dumped a mix of oil, brine, chemicals and water from a tanker into the storm sewer, and from there it flowed into a tributary and into the Mahoning River.

Today, they filled another blank, charging the owner of the company, Ben Lupo, with a criminal violation of the federal Clean Water Act. But lots of other blanks remain that way, including just how much of just what stuff went down the drain – and over what period. And for those answers, says EPA Director Nally questions may be as effective than science.

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That’s Scott Nally of the Ohio EPA. He says the case has accomplished one laudatory thing: his agency, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. EPA and Department Justice have worked quickly and with each other on the case. 

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