Change in EPA Guidelines Demanded
As per reports, it has been revealed that the US Environmental Protection Agency has been asked to bring changes in their guidelines, which meet safe water quality standard. Environmental groups have blamed the EPA for violating the Clean Water Act, which has made the survival of aquatic life miserable.
The groups were of the view that they have asked the EPA to set pollution standards for the dead zone in the gulf. But the EPA is adamant on one fact that they do not require any such system.
The agencies have filed cases against the EPA in which they seek, “ordering EPA to provide a response to plaintiffs’ petition within 90 days that is not ‘arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion, or otherwise not in accordance with law”.
Inspection has found that the EPA does not have wastewater treatment plants, which is necessary to filter out nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorous. However, these nutrients are the main reason for deteriorating condition of the Gulf.
One of the main reasons for which the EPA was not having the system in their guidelines was that it was quiet expensive in 1985. However, since then no change has been introduced in the guidelines. The agencies said that that EPA can introduces changes this time and now the technology is quite economic.
Andrew Rota, who is director of science and water policy at the Gulf Restoration Network, said that they strongly believe that it is a high time now that the EPA needs to bring a change in their policies.
Even, the Natural Resources Defense Council has suggested that the EPA should adopt some natural methods for solving this nutrient problem from the Gulf. The EPA said that they will take suggestions seriously and will look into the matter.
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