'Red Tides' Bill Passes Senate Committee

Law360, New York (August 6, 2009, 2:13 PM EDT) -- A U.S. Senate committee has agreed to a bill that would enhance the U.S.' ability to predict, monitor and control the “red tides,” or harmful algal blooms, and the hypoxic zones that threaten coastal marine life and industries.

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation on Wednesday agreed to pass along the measure, S. 952, which would reauthorize the National Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Program and establish a national program to monitor and mitigate the effects of hypoxia and algal blooms.

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