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Proper authorities not notified about Huron County oil spill

Scott Seitz2 • Jan 26, 2014 at 6:07 AM

Emergency personnel converged on a Johnson Road location on Jan. 15 -- the site of a recent oil and salt spill.

At about 2 a.m. Jan. 6, a Huron County highway department salt truck tipped over near 1924 Johnson Road, spilling its load of salt and oil into a ditch.

Jason Roblin, county emergency management agency director, said in a spill of this type, the Ohio Revised Code requires it be reported to the local fire chief, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and coordinator of the Local Emergency Planning Committee, which is Roblin, within 30 minutes.

Prior to Jan. 15, Roblin had not been notified of the spill. Neither were Huron River Joint Fire District Chief Tom Beck nor the EPA. It wasn't until the Reflector published a picture of the spill in the Jan. 15 issue and contacted Roblin that the proper authorities learned about the spill.

"Maybe it's one of those laws they just don't know about," Roblin said.

Roblin said it's important to learn how far the oil has traveled through the water in the ditch. "It doesn't take much oil to pollute a whole lot of water," Roblin said, adding the oil could make its way to the Huron River, affecting fish and wildlife.

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