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Lawmaker offers Green Bay pollution-reduction option

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GREEN BAY (AP) -- State Senator Rob Cowles has introduced a bill designed to reduce farm pollution by encouraging industrial polluters to help pay.

The Press-Gazette Media says the Allouez Republican is concerned about oxygen-deficient areas in the waters of Green Bay.

Industrial sources are already cutting down on the amount of phosphorus they discharge into state waterways.  Tougher government standards call for more cuts, but Cowles say those cuts will be expensive and only marginally helpful.  So, he's proposing a bill that would allow industries to postpone their compliance with the new standards for 20 years.  In exchange, the industries would pay to support county efforts to help farmer's reduce manure reduction.

If Crowles' bill passes, it would still require approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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