YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Youngstown Mayor John McNally said the city has been able to resolve claims filed by the United State Environmental Protection Agency while also improving safety in the neighborhood around the city’s waste water treatment plant.
The claims surrounded an accidental chlorine spill at the plant in May 2015 that sent one worker to the hospital and forced a number of nearby businesses to be evacuated.
Members of the city’s Board of Control approved Thursday a consent agreement with the EPA to make improvements at the plant and offset what could have been a huge fine.
The EPA was initially seeking a $298,000 penalty.
“I thought that was way, way too much. Our law department did a very good job of negotiating down to a $20,000 penalty and these improvements,” McNally said.
The city will install new alarms throughout the waste water facility as well as the surrounding neighborhood that can be activated when there is an emergency at the plant.