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E-M:/ IN - Law could boost Lake Michigan beach algae

More algae could make its way onto Lake Michigan shorelines if a bill introduced in the Indiana Senate becomes law, environmentalists say.

Under the federal Clean Water Act, facilities that want to dump more pollution into Lake Michigan are required to go through what's called an anti-degradation analysis to demonstrate that the increase is necessary to accommodate important social and economic benefits. Otherwise, the facility can't get a permit.

But Senate Bill 419 attempts to undermine that law by exempting nitrogen and phosphorus from the analysis, Welch said. "This bill would exempt several different pollutants and facilities and companies from having to go through this analysis," he said.


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