State Testing Water After Northeast Ohio Chemical Spill

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Residents in northeast Ohio are waiting to hear from state environmental officials whether their water is safe to drink following a chemical spill at an injection well facility.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has been testing water in Vienna Township near Warren after residents last week reported dead animals near a local pond and a sheen on the water’s surface.

Officials expected to contact residents with results of the tests Wednesday.

Inspectors traced the spill to a Kleese Development Associates facility, which operates five saltwater injection wells.  Officials haven’t pinpointed the exact source of the spill. The Ohio Department of Resources on Friday ordered the facility to cease operations.

Officials say most of the surface contamination has been cleaned up.