The Latest: Reactions to ruling in water pollution suit

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The Newest on ruling in go well with in search of to scale back measurement of oxygen-depleted lifeless zones in Gulf of Mexico and elsewhere (all occasions native):

four p.m.

A farm affiliation official says farmers have completed an excellent deal to scale back water air pollution from farm runoff, however an environmental lawyer says ranges are about the identical as 9 years in the past.

That is when 11 teams sued the Environmental Safety Company, demanding federal limits for nitrogen and phosphorus, that are blamed for oxygen-depleted "lifeless zones" within the Gulf of Mexico and elsewhere. The one which varieties every summer time within the Gulf of Mexico tends to be concerning the measurement of Connecticut.

Don Parrish of the American Farm Bureau Federation and Ann Alexander of the Pure Assets Protection Counsel commented Tuesday, after a decide gave EPA extra time to work with states on chopping runoff of the chemical compounds.

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1 p.m.

A federal decide has given the Environmental Safety Company extra time to work with states on limiting runoff of chemical compounds blamed for oxygen-depleted "lifeless zones" within the Gulf of Mexico and elsewhere.

Scientists say nitrogen and phosphorus carried down the Mississippi River stimulate plankton blooms within the Gulf. The plankton die and sink. Summer time's water is so nonetheless that their decomposition makes use of oxygen till there's too little to help life.

The chemical compounds have quite a few sources, together with sewage and runoff from farms and lawns.

Decide Jay Zainey ordered EPA in 2013 to set limits for the chemical compounds in water, however an appeals courtroom overruled him. The company says it needs to maintain working with states on various options.

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