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Day 10 of cleanup of crude oil and brine dumped into Youngstown sewer

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – It was Day 10 of the cleanup of crude oil and brine that was dumped into storm sewers in Youngstown.

Forty thousand gallons of oil debris has been collected from the storm sewers, creek, and Mahoning River since a tip on January 31st led authorities to 2761 Salt Springs Road; the site of Hardrock Excavating and D&L Energy.

The report of Ben Lupo, the owner of those two companies, allegedly ordering workers at Hardrock to illegally dump thousands of gallons of crude oil and brine has brought calls for legislation to come down hard on companies caught and found guilty of violating laws meant to protect people, wildlife, the environment and water.

This week, Ohio State Representative Bob Hagan will introduce or reintroduce legislation meant to protect injured workers or those involved in the clean up process and more.

"Monday you'll have the medical right to know bill. On Tuesday you will see a bill to increase the amount of inspectors. On Tuesday you'll also see the doubling of fines and eliminating anyone from operating on the second conviction," Hagan said.

The state has pulled permits to operate for Hardrock and D&L Energy, however that decision can be appealed.

The clean up by independent contractors will continue throughout this week.

Representative Hagan is upset that Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency have not revealed what specific chemicals have been put into the environment.

Hagan points out that six protesters outside D&L were arrested, yet thousands of gallons of potential toxins have been released and there have been no arrests over what the ODNR and the Federal EPA say was a violation of state and federal laws.

"It's day 10 we still don't know. Day 10 we have no arrests. Day 10 chemicals are still be cleaned up out of our river and if its day 11 or day 12 I'm going to stay on them until i find out exactly what kind of chemicals have been released into my district," Hagan said.

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