A lead poisoning scandal has struck a second US town, with schools closed in Sebring, Ohio Monday and the water treatment plant operator accused of falsifying reports.
Initial tests found elevated lead levels in 28 homes and one school in the midwestern village of about 4,400 people, Ohio’s environmental protection agency said. It is not clear how long lead has been leaking from the town’s pipes.
The agency said in a statement it has “reason to suspect that the operator falsified reports” and has asked the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s criminal division for help with the investigation.
The Ohio agency did not specify what kind of reports it was referring to. A spokesperson for it was not immediately available for comment.