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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - State Representative Bob Hagan is sending a formal letter to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources requesting public documents that explain exactly what chemicals were found after an illegal brine dumping in the Mahoning River earlier this year. 

Former owner of D&L Energy and Hardrock Excavating, Ben Lupo, was indicted earlier this year for violating the Federal Clean Water Act after allegedly dumping waste fluids into a storm drain that flowed into the Mahoning River.

Michael Guesman, an employee of Lupo's that was also indicted in the violations, pled guilty in court in August, admitting to illegally dumping brine for the company on 24 different occasions. 

Hagan said he was sent a timeline of events from ODNR after requesting information; however, the information did not specify what chemicals were found in the Mahoning River.

The representative also wants to know what chemicals may have been found in the drinking water in cities located on the downstream of the Mahoning River.

Earlier this year, The director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency had admitted to a communication breakdown in response to the illegal dumping in the Mahoning River, which flowed into the Beaver River in Pennsylvania. However, he said that no Pennsylvanian was at risk from the brine dumping. 


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