Toledo, Ohio, area water contamination prompts emergency declaration

August 2, 2014 6:11 PM

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Water at a Toledo, Ohio, treatment plant has tested positive for microcystin, a toxin known to cause liver and kidney damage, leaving thousands of Ohio residents without water and prompting the governor to declare a state of emergency Saturday.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich declared a state of emergency for the 600,000 residents of Lucas and Wood counties after two water samples tested positive for microcystin, a toxin possibly caused by an algae bloom in Lake Erie.

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