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

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

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

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

"The algal bloom is what caused the issue. The plant did not cause the issue," said Public Utilities Director Ed Moore.

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

"We do have a fundamental disagreement with the Ohio EPA," 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 in 5 years, according to Moore and Collins.

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

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

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

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