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EPA Water Pollution Limits In Florida To Reduce Algae Blooms Are First-Ever State Standards Set By Agency

11/15/10 12:14 PM ET   AP

Florida Algae Blooms

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Environmental Protection Agency has set legal limits for farm and urban runoff polluting waterways in Florida, the first time the federal agency has set standards for a state.

The EPA set the limits Monday after it settled a lawsuit with environmental groups last year. The numeric limits on runoff are designed to reduce pollution from sewage treatment plants and runoff choking lakes, rivers and other Florida waters with algae blooms.

Agriculture, business interests and some politicians, including Gov.-elect Rick Scott, say that meeting the new standards will be too costly.

EPA officials say critics' cost estimates are wildly exaggerated. The EPA puts the cost at $130 million to $200 million a year, not the billions claimed by opponents.


Filed by Travis Donovan  |