Toxic Algae Bill Gets Bipartisan Approval | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 93 Issue 9 | p. 26 | Concentrates
Issue Date: March 2, 2015

Toxic Algae Bill Gets Bipartisan Approval

Department: Government & Policy
News Channels: Environmental SCENE, Biological SCENE
Keywords: U.S. House of Representatives, algae blooms, toxic algae, EPA

The U.S. House of Representatives last week passed a bill (H.R. 212) that would require EPA to develop a strategic plan for assessing and managing algae-produced toxins in drinking water sources. The bill comes in response to a toxic bloom of blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria, in Lake Erie last summer that disrupted the drinking water supply of some 500,000 Ohio residents. Blue-green algae produce microcystins, a class of toxins that are harmful to the livers of humans and wildlife. The legislation, which has bipartisan support, would require EPA to provide Congress with an evaluation of toxic algae risks to human health, a comprehensive list of toxins produced by cyanobacteria, and recommendations for drinking water treatment. The measure moves now to the Senate where a similar bill that would have required EPA to issue a toxic algae health advisory was approved last year.

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Microcystin-producing blue-green algae fill a harbor on Lake Erie.
Credit: NOAA
Photo of a harmful algae bloom in Bolles Harbor, Monroe, Mich., Lake Erie. July 22, 2011.
 
Microcystin-producing blue-green algae fill a harbor on Lake Erie.
Credit: NOAA
 
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