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Cowles: Phosphorus bill good for state

A lawmaker from Allouez says a bill passed by the Assembly yesterday could make the state more competitive for cheese and paper makers.

Republican Senator Rob Cowles wants to let businesses and wastewater plants pay counties for phosphorous remediation efforts. He says that's better than forcing them to install expensive equipment to remove a small amount of phosphorus. Cowles says that money would target farms, and other major sources.

Cowles says he hopes Governor Walker signs the bill, and the EPA approves the proposal.

The companies would still have to install the phosphorous filtration equipment in 10 to 20 years, but the cost could come down by then.

posted : February, 21st by WHBY

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