EAST LIVERPOOL — “A couple of years ago the EPA sent out a report known as the Ohio Air Toxics report that showed air manganese concentration in different areas across the state. Of all those areas, East Liverpool and the surrounding area had three of the highest levels in the state.
‘They were 30 times higher than the EPA reference concentration which was a big flag,’ said Erin Haynes, who is an assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati. ‘The next step was to find out are the particles getting into the children’s bodies.’
Manganese is a normal element you need when you eat, but it’s also used in a number of industries including, steel and battery manufacturing. When those industries emit it into the air it can become toxic and scientists are finding out that it has an effect on the brain. ”
— Ryan Eldredge, WTOV