EPA Must Make A Call On Algae-Choked Dead Zones Petition

Law360, New York (September 23, 2013, 2:20 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can't simply refuse to make a determination in a petition concerning harmful marine "dead zones," a Louisiana federal judge ruled Friday, saying the agency must re-examine the request for rules to curb the pollution behind these die-offs.

The suit, brought by Gulf Restoration Network and other environmental groups, accuses the EPA of rejecting their 2008 petition to establish standards for nitrogen and phosphorus pollution, which can lead to massive algae buildups that in turn choke marine life and cause “dead zones.”...
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