- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

SEBRING, Ohio (AP) - The Latest on the lead contamination in an Ohio village’s drinking water(all times local):

4:30 p.m.

Ohio’s Environmental Protection Agency has fired two employees and demoted a third over their handling of lead contamination in a village’s drinking water.

The state EPA said Wednesday the firings are the result of an internal investigation into why it took months for the agency’s top administrators to find out about high lead levels in Sebring.

The EPA says it fired an employee at its central office who failed to make sure lab results were sent to those reviewing the lead testing. It says that’s an important step in figuring out whether lead levels are above federal guidelines.

The employee’s supervisor also has been let go.

State environmental officials have said the operator of Sebring’s water plant waited months to notify people about high lead readings.

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9:45 a.m.

The state Environmental Protection Agency says all the most recent water samples in a northeast Ohio village are below the federal standard for lead.

The state EPA says 15 new samples tested below the threshold.

Ohio EPA officials say nearly 900 samples have been submitted by homeowners in the village of Sebring in Mahoning County over the past three weeks.

A total of 40 homes have shown lead levels above the federal standard since the middle of January.

The EPA says running the tap for a few minutes eliminates any detectable lead in the water.

Sebring has come under scrutiny after state environmental officials said the operator of the village water plant waited months to notify people about high levels of lead coming from their pipes.

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This item has been corrected to show 40 homes, not 55, have shown lead levels above the federal standard, based on updated information from the Ohio EPA.

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