When someone says the people at the United States government’s Environmental Protection Agency have lost their minds, it gets attention.
When the speaker is Dennis Howell, Archbold village administrator, it becomes big news.
Some might say Howell was expressing sour grapes because the Archbold water treatment plant got tagged for an embarrassing violation, and was required by law to tell citizens about it.
But it gets deeper. Howell spent many years working in the Archbold water plant.
He supervised the laboratory, and was in charge of water quality for 15 years. He was the plant superintendent for three years, before becoming Archbold village administrator.
He holds a Class IV water treatment plant operator license– the highest available, which means he is licensed to operate the biggest, most complex water treatment plants. There are less than 120 Class IV license holders in Ohio.
When Howell discusses water treatment, he knows what he’s talking about.
When someone with Howell’s background criticizes the EPA, it’s time to take a serious look at the organization.