Saturday, August 14, 1999

Groups ask for Ohio EPA fix

The Associated Press

        COLUMBUS — Three environmental groups on Friday sent a letter to Gov. Bob Taft asking that he reinstate Paul Jayko as chief investigator of a Marion County case.

        Representatives from Ohio Citizen Action, the Ohio chapter of the Sierra Club and the Center for Health, Environment and Justice in Falls Church, Va., also asked the governor to meet with concerned families in the River Valley school district and renewed their call for an overhaul of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

        Mr. Jayko, who has been employed as an EPA site coordinator since 1991, said the agency violated federal whistle-blower law by suspending him for 10 days and taking him off the case in Marion after he was critical of the EPA's investigation.

        The investigation involves a high rate of leukemia reported among graduates of River Valley High School, about 40 miles north of Columbus. Officials are checking whether the problem could be traced to the school grounds, a former World War II-era Army depot where solvents and other hazardous chemicals were dumped.


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