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Ohio EPA division chief's resignation under scrutiny
George Elmaraghy’s resignation cited considerable pressure from the coal industry in the past year
by WKSU's ANDY CHOW


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The resignation of one of Ohio’s top environmental watchdogs takes effect today. And as Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, a Statehouse Democrat is now reviewing the events that led up to that official’s resignation.
Ohio EPA division chief's resignation under scrutiny

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Debbie Phillips of Athens filed a records request to learn more about the events leading up to George Elmaraghy’s resignation.
Elmaraghy was the chief of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s Division of Surface Water.
He announced his resignation through a mass email to his staff last month.
That email cited considerable pressure from the coal industry in the past year. He said, because of that situation, the governor and director of the Ohio EPA asked him to step down.
As Elmaraghy’s resignation takes effect, two environmental groups want a review of the permits that have been issued to coal companies. The Sierra Club and Ohio Environmental Council called on an audit by the federal EPA earlier this week.
The Ohio environmental agency says they welcome such scrutiny since their permits are already routinely reviewed by the U.S. EPA.
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