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State Panel Delays Enacting Kasich's Toxic Algae Bloom Order

Nov 2, 2018

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A state panel is again delaying Ohio Governor John Kasich's plan to reduce the farm fertilizer runoff feeding Lake Erie's toxic algae blooms. 

The Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission voted 4-3 Thursday to hold off endorsing the plan until an oversight board sets rules for the proposed regulations. Kasich wants the commission to allow his agriculture director to declare eight watersheds in distress, requiring an estimated seven-thousand farms to evaluate their land and make changes to farming practices. Farm groups have voiced concerns that not enough is known about how the plan would be carried out and how much it would cost. A Kasich spokesperson says it's troubling that a majority of the commission members didn't do the right thing.