Brown says he did respond

Senator called to action after contact from Ottawa County engineer
Tom Jackson
Aug 14, 2014

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown says he responded to an Ottawa County engineer's concerns about algal bloom toxins in Lake Erie drinking water.

Ottawa County's sanitary engineer, Kelly Frey, sent a warning in March about looming problems in Lake Erie water plants to Brown, U.S. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo. He said this he only recalled getting a response from Kaptur.

"After receiving Mr. Frey’s memo, Sen. Brown’s office not only responded to him but also arranged a meeting with Ohio EPA to address the concerns he raised. Representatives from Sen. Brown’s office have been in communication with Mr. Frey throughout the Spring and Summer and are continuing to work with local officials throughout the region to ensure that federal and state resources respond effectively and appropriately to address this issue," said Brown's spokeswoman, Lauren Kulik.