OH EPA: regulator's forced resignation 'strategic'

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency says his decision to seek the resignation of the department's former water chief was not forced by Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik).

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/16URK4l ) on Tuesday reported director Scott Nally says the resignation he sought from George Elmaraghy (el-muh-RAGH'-ee) was a "strategic change." Nally says the issue aroused from the agency's inability to enact certain regulations, some of which have been delayed for years.

Elmaraghy authored a widely distributed August email alleging pressure from the coal industry was at play in a request for his resignation. He served 39 years at the Ohio EPA.

Nally says a "prime example" of stalled regulations is a proposal that would've revised how Ohio oversees some streams and wetlands destroyed by new roads and developments.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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