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Portman, Brown did respond to Ottawa County's engineer

Tom Jackson • Aug 19, 2014 at 3:43 PM

My article about Ottawa County sanitary engineer Kelly Frey's warnings back in March about algal bloom toxins in Lake Erie got good play in the newspaper and online, but not everybody was pleased.

The article described how Frey had sent a statement about the problem to federal lawmakers from Ohio. Staffers for U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, were unhappy with these sentences`: "Frey said he sent the statement in March to U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, hoping to draw attention to the problem. Kaptur's office responded and said it would pass Frey's concerns along, Frey said. He said he didn't recall a response from Brown or Portman."

I was contacted by spokeswomen for both lawmakers, and they both told me their offices had indeed gotten back to Frey.

I phoned Frey to follow up, and after checking his email, he verified that he did hear back, in March, from staffers from both offices. 

I ran a brief earlier from Brown's office, so I'll let Portman's spokeswoman, Christyn Keyes, have the last word.

"In fact, a representative from our office has met with Mr. Frey on several occasions to discuss the progress of Sen. Portman's algae bill as well as how our office could assist on this issue," she said.

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