Ohio EPA: regulator's forced resignation 'strategic'
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 02 October 2013 06:39

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency says his decision to seek the resignation of the department's former water chief was not forced by Gov. John Kasich.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/16URK4l ) on Tuesday reported director Scott Nally says the resignation he sought from George Elmaraghy was a "strategic change." Nally says the issue aroused from the agency's inability to enact certain regulations, some of which have been delayed for years.

Elmaraghy authored a widely distributed August email alleging pressure from the coal industry was at play in a request for his resignation. He served 39 years at the Ohio EPA.

Nally says a "prime example" of stalled regulations is a proposal that would've revised how Ohio oversees some streams and wetlands destroyed by new roads and developments.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com


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