WEST PALM BEACH, Florida – With algae abloom in Florida waterways, five environmental groups sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday for what they believe is a violation of the Clean Water Act, Naples News reports. The algae, feeding on runoff nutrients, threaten to eutrophicate bodies of water and reduce biodiversity.
According to the report, the EPA recognized a decade ago that Florida lacked effective standards for runoff regulation. Earthjustice attorney David Guest noted that the fertilizer-laden runoff laced with animal waste “can contaminate drinking water supplies and sicken or kill people.” The Department of Environmental Protection in Florida is still working to determine how much runoff is safe.
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Source: Naples News