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State lawmakers ask for the Ohio inspector general to investigate the EPA
Democrats are calling for the investigation to see if the Kasich administration pressured the Ohio agency
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE BUREAU CHIEF KAREN KASLER


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A quartet of Democratic state lawmakers are asking the state’s inspector general to look into whether there was “inappropriate political pressure” on regulators at the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

The Democrats say they’re concerned that politics is getting in the way of policies at the EPA. They cite the resignation of an EPA surface water division head and a once-secret plan to promote fracking in state parks developed by the agency that regulates both fracking and parks.

Rep. Debbie Phillips of Athens is one of the four lawmakers who sent the letter to Inspector General Randy Meyer. She spoke with Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler.

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Phillips was joined on the letter by Democrats Nickie Antonio of Lakewood, Bob Hagan of Youngstown and John Carney of Columbus.

The EPA will not discuss personnel matters, and several officials have noted that the plan to promote fracking in state parks was never implemented. The IG’s office will not omment on any complaints it receives.

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