AG POLICY NEWS
Dead Zone Progress Slow
Todd Neeley DTN Staff Reporter
Thu Oct 3, 2013 06:28 AM CDT

OMAHA (DTN) -- With increasing legal pressure on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to set numeric standards to reduce nutrients runoff in 12 states that border the Mississippi River and Ohio River basins, a new Hypoxia Task Force report said progress is slow toward cutting nutrients runoff without federal mandates.

The task force, which includes state representatives and five federal agencies, has spent the past five years implementing a 2008 action plan aimed at quantifying how much nutrients runoff is occurring and what it means for the hypoxic zone in the Gulf of Mexico.

The so-called Dead Zone is an ...

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