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Toxic Algae Spreads Across U.S., Threatens Drinking Water
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  • BlueBuckeye
    09/05/2018
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    So, how long will it take our leaders(?) in Washington to decisively act on this matter. Mr. Portman, you and the vast majority of fellow conservative republicans believe that this apparently is not a problem that can be addressed through legislation (resulting in economic hardship on any perpetrators, aka: impacting their sacred profit margins). Ms. Kaptur and Mr. Brown, the two of you and fellow progressive democrats cannot inify to address this matter through specific legislation that would begin to address this issue. And if you have, you have failed to let your constituents know HOW you are systematically attempting to address this matter. Action is needed NOW. Please make it happen, or show us SPECIFICALLY how your republican counterparts are stonewalling SPECIFIC LEGISLATION introduced to address this matter. Here's some information to help you understand the severity of this matter. HABs are proliferating across the country: This May, for the first time in Oregon’s history, toxins from a nearby algae bloom had made their way into a city's tap water. At Virginia’s Lake Anna, algae blooms have occurred before, but for the first time this year, several of the current blooms have been deemed a health risk. In New York, HABs are currently widespread across multiple lakes. This summer, scientists said an algae bloom on Lake Superior was the largest ever detected on that body of water. In 2014, Toledo, Ohio shut down its water supply after toxic algae formed over the city’s water-intake pipe in Lake Erie. The cause Scientists generally agree that algae blooms are getting worse and more widespread, and are exacerbated by the warmer water, heat waves, and extreme weather associated with climate change. They’re also intensified by human activity, such as from farm nutrient runoff, leakage from sewer systems, and other pollution. Regulatory response Federal A federal program to help communities deal with harmful algae outbreaks is set to lose its Congressional authorization at the end of September. The Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act enables authorities to do things like monitor algae blooms, research their causes, and give grants to communities trying to cope. It was authorized in 1998 but is set to expire on September 30. The Senate has approved a version of the reauthorization bill, but a companion bill, which focuses on Florida and the Everglades, is stalled in the House of Representatives. The EPA will require water systems around the country to test for algae toxins in the coming years, which could lead to permanent federal regulations.

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