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Ohio senator proposes new legislation in response to Sebring

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In response to the Sebring water crisis, State Senator Joe Schiavoni wants to change how the Environmental Protection Agency issues water warnings in Ohio.

The Boardman Democrat is drafting new legislation that requires the public to be notified much sooner about any water safety issues.

Schiavoni says notifying the public has to be a top priority.

"Notification can't be just posting it on a web site that nobody looks at. You've got to mail, you've got to call, you've got to physically let people know that their water is contaminated or possibly could be contaminated," Schiavoni said.

The legislation might also increase the penalties for failing to properly notify the public in a timely manner.

Schiavoni says the legislation is currently being drafted and should be introduced in the near future.

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