Article courtesy of SFGate | January 11, 2015 | SFGate | Shared as educational material
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A northern Ohio congressman is bringing back legislation aimed at dealing with toxins from algae in drinking water.
Republican Bob Latta has reintroduced a bill that would force environmental regulators to come up with a plan to look into the health risks associated with the toxins and come up with testing and treatment guidelines.
Both state and federal lawmakers are taking close looks at how to slow down the algae in Lake Erie since toxins fouled the water supply in the Toledo area this past August.
Latta wants the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to offer more help to communities whose drinking water could be threatened by the algae.
The EPA has said it’s working on developing drinking water advisories and testing methods that would be released sometime later this year.