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City says EPA letters had nothing to do with weekend water crisis

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

At a press conference Friday afternoon Mayor D. MichaelCollins and other members of his administration argued that letterssent to the city by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency had nothing todo with the city's recent water crisis.

"There was nothing in the letter that really had any impacton last weekend's events," said Collins Park Water Treatment PlantAdministrator Andy McClure.

"The algal bloom is what caused the issue. The plant did notcause the issue," said Public Utilities Director Ed Moore.

The city says those letters stemmed from a disagreementbetween the city and the state EPA about the pace of improvements at the plant.

"We do have a fundamental disagreement with the OhioEPA," Moore said.

Moore says the EPA wants the city to move faster on the project.The project was originally slated to take 20 years but will now be completed in5 years, according to Moore and Collins.

The city did admit that planned renovations will make theplant better equipped to treat microcystin in the water.

"We have a new chlorine facility, a new disinfection facilitythat is under construction. It improves our process and provides us some moreoptions in providing another barrier to algal toxins by next season," said McClure.

McClure says those projects are expected to be completed in thespring of 2015.

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