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Environmental Groups Sue EPA Over Gulf Dead Zone By David Bailey
This image shows water quality
changes in the Gulf of Mexico. Reds and oranges represent high
concentrations of algae and river sediment. Under certain conditions
excessive algal growth can result in a "dead zone" of low oxygen.
(via NASA/Goddard SVS)
environmental groups are suing the government to curb pollution of the
Mississippi River with fertilizers and other contaminants blamed with
creating a "dead zone" the size of Massachusetts in the Gulf of Mexico.
In separate federal lawsuits
filed Tuesday, the groups asked judges to force the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency to set base guidelines for state water quality
standards and for wastewater treatment, both aimed at reducing pollution
in the Mississippi River Basin.
basin stretches from the Rocky Mountains in the west all the way to New
York state in the east. It funnels water south through the agricultural
heartland and industrial states to Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico.
the way, it gathers nitrogen that stimulates excessive algae growth in
the dead zone from rainfall, runoff from farms and livestock production
and wastewater treatment plants.
Mississippi River and the entire Gulf of Mexico has long been treated
as the nation's sewer," Matt Rota, director of science and water policy
for the Gulf Restoration Network told reporters at a news conference on
"Current efforts by the
EPA and the Mississippi River states just simply are not enough," Rota
said, describing the dead zone as "one of the many ongoing insults to
the Gulf ecosystem."
Restoration Network, the Natural Resources Defense Council and other
groups said they filed the lawsuits after petitions to the EPA in 2007
for stronger wastewater treatment rules and in 2008 on water quality
standards went unfulfilled.
EPA, which denied the petition to set water quality standards for
nutrients last year, said it was reviewing the lawsuits. It has not
responded to the petition to update the wastewater treatment standards.
EPA letter denying the petition said a comprehensive rule would not be
the most effective way to address the "significant water quality
problems facing our nation."
Collins, executive director of the Illinois-based Prairie Rivers
Network, said setting a target was critical. Only Minnesota and
Wisconsin have adopted EPA steps to limit pollution that were
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