Wednesday , 18 October 2017


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved a bid by Wisconsin officials to allow a slower rollout of rules limiting the discharge of a dominant pollutant into waterways. The EPA notified the Department of Natural Resources on Monday that it will allow the state to phase in tougher regulations to limit the discharge of phosphorus from point sources such as sewage treatment plants and factories. Phosphorus is a major ingredient that feeds algae that clog many Wisconsin lakes. In its latest assessment, the DNR in 2016 concluded that 41% of more than 7,700 waters in the state violated water standards for phosphorus. The action has been in the works by the EPA for months and is not seen as being influenced by the administration of President Donald Trump, who has promised to cut back on environmental regulations. Wisconsin approved tougher phosphorus regulations that took effect in 2010 in the final days of the administration of Gov. Jim Doyle. The EPA approved those changes. A 2015 analysis by the DNR and state Department of Administration estimated the cost at more than $7 billion over the next 20 years.


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