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19 January 2010, 2:36 PM
Limits on nutrient pollution will quell waterways scourge

The EPA has taken a historic first step toward cleaning up Florida's waters by proposing limits on pollution which costs the state millions of dollars and triggers toxic algae outbreaks. Every time it rains, phosphorous and nitrogen run off agricultural operations, fertilized landscapes, and from septic systems.

The poison runoff triggers slimy algae outbreaks which foul Florida's beaches, lakes, rivers and springs more each year, threatening public health and closing swimming areas.

The proposed limits on nutrient pollution aren't as stringent as we would like, but they are a huge improvement. All you have to do is look at the green slime covering lakes, rivers, and shorelines during our warm months to know it is worth the investment to reduce fertilizer runoff, control animal waste better, and improve filtration of sewage. The most cost-effective way to handle this problem is to deal with it at its source.

This is the first time the EPA has been forced to impose such limits on a state.The change in policy comes more than a year after Earthjustice filed a major lawsuit to force the EPA to set strict limits on nutrient poisoning in public waters.

A rogue's gallery of the worst polluters in Florida and in the United States have been doggedly fighting any limits on their pollution. Aided and abetted the Florida Commissioner of Agriculture, they claim that better sewage filtration, reduction in wasted fertilizer and keeping manure or farms will cost $50 billion. In fact it will be about $125 million, a per-Floridian cost equal to a screw-top bottle of pink chablis.

The costs of continuing to pollute are much worse. With the tourist industry stalled by the recession, we don't need toxic green slime coating our lakes and rivers, or any more red tide outbreaks. The Clean Water Act is strong medicine and its about time we took it.

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I am furious about the oil spill in the Gulf! I want to gather as many people as possible and sue BP oil on behalf of Earth. In Bolivia, they have laws protecting the Earth from this kind of onslaught, anyone can sue a big company on behalf of the planet. You guys are the ones to do this, I just don't know where to start! Please contact me, I need to know how to proceed. This has got to stop, as a citizen of planet Earth, I demand justice! How many oil spills will it take for us to get them where it hurts, their pockets! (which is the only thing they seem to care about).
This would be amazing press, is this possible?? I am outraged and feel so impotent and helpless!!! We need to gather our forces and stop this madness once and for all!
Marcia Davis

Sewage sludge "Biosolids" - regulated by the EPA 503 Rule. The practice of landspreading sewage sludge, in which is concentrated all the bad stuff that is removed at water treatment plants, as free "fertilizer" on farm lands and forest lands is a huge part of water pollution. Routinely 10 to 20 times the phosphorus needed by the crop is applied and then is free to run off or seep in. This issue also comes down to the Clean Water Act and is powerfully lobbied against by agribusiness, Farm Bureau, municipalities. This is a nationwide practice, yet I never see it mentioned much less targeted as a cause of water pollution. For more info, check out these links:,,,,

I would like to see more controls in place on the disposal of farm waste, the use of chemical fertilisers and animal anti-biotics, as well as other industrial waste. If animals were kept in a natural state they would not need antibiotics and their manure would not be full of pollutants and could be put back on the land, where, especially in Florida, it is most badly needed.

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