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Ohio EPA proposes stream limits to deal with algae

COLUMBUS — Ohio is proposing to set limits on the pollution in streams that feeds toxic algae in Lake Erie and other lakes in the state.

The plan would limit the amount of phosphorus and nitrogen that mainly come from farm fertilizers, manure and sewage.

The head of Ohio’s Environmental Protection Agency tell the Columbus Dispatch that specific limits would be set for each Ohio stream. Federal regulators are reviewing the state’s plan.

Toxic blue-green algae blooms in western and central Lake Erie are a growing concern. The algae are blamed for hurting tourism and are a threat to drinking water and fish. The algae also produce toxins that can sicken people and kill pets.

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