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House Oks Phosphorus Curbs
The House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill that would limit the use of phosphorus and allow communities a chance to develop statewide water pollution regulations.

The plan would give Danbury and five other communities a chance to delay more than $30 million in sewage plant upgrades required by the federal Environmental Protection Agency. The legislation includes a provision for owners of established lawns to be fined up to $500 for violating the ban on spreading the fertilizer.

Farms and golf courses would be exempt from the rule, because lawmakers said golf courses have professional groundskeepers who don’t often overuse the expensive chemical and farmers are generally frugal in its use.

Phosphorus leaching into bodies of water has been linked to algae blooms and the delay will provide the communities time to study the issue of phosphorus, including out-of-state and non-point sources which may both be culprits in the excessive levels.

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Judge Wants EPA to Enforce Everglades Pollution Rules - U.S. District Judge Alan Gold frustrated by the repeated delays and “disingenuous” legal maneuvers by state lawmakers and agencies; will strip authority from the state to issue critical pollution discharge permits for the state’s $1.2 billion network of nutrient-scrubbing marshes and give it to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA plan is calling for a 42,000 acre, $1.5 billion expansion of the state’s existing network of reservoirs and pollution treatment marshes, which are designed to absorb phosphorous that runs from sugar farms, cattle pastures, and suburban lawns.

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