Citing costs in the billions, state likely to request exception from EPA phosphorus rules

ROTHSCHILD - If the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) doesn't give Wisconsin a special exception to phosphorus rules, Wisconsin communities could pass on huge wastewater rate hikes to consumers.

The state is pushing back. It wants permission to delay those phosphorus discharge rules for up to 20 years in some cases.

The issue stems from excess phosphorus in Wisconsin natural waters. Phosphorus causes massive algae blooms in lakes and rivers, which can choke out plants and wildlife and lessen recreational opportunities. That phosphorus comes from sources like agricultural runoff, residual human waste after treatment in municipal wastewater plants, and industrial mills.

Full story: WJFW

Add new comment

Please refrain from adding URLs to unrelated or commercial websites. This site is moderated and comments with inappropriate links are rejected. Thank you for your understanding.

No profane language is allowed! Posts that contain profanity will not be published.

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
4 + 0 =
Solve this simple math problem and enter the result. E.g. for 1+3, enter 4.