EPA won’t call Lake Erie’s wa­ters in Ohio im­paired

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

TOLEDO, OHIO — The U.S. En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency won’t de­clare Ohio’s western end of Lake Erie im­paired by toxic al­gae, sid­ing with state reg­u­la­tors who say they are mak­ing progress in tack­ling the prob­lem.

Mon­day’s de­ci­sion means Ohio will con­tinue to take the lead in fight­ing the al­gae blooms that in re­cent years have fouled drink­ing wa­ter in the shal­low­est of the Great Lakes. The EPA said it rec­og­nizes the state’s on­go­ing ef­forts to re­duce pol­lu­tion feed­ing the al­gae.

Sev­eral en­vi­ron­men­tal groups have been push­ing the EPA to make the im­paired wa­ter­shed des­ig­na­tion and pave the way for in­creased pol­lu­tion reg­u­la­tions. Those groups last month sued the EPA to force it to make a de­ci­sion on whether the western part of the lake should be de­clared im­paired un­der the Clean Wa­ter Act.

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