TOLEDO — A federal judge overseeing a lawsuit in Ohio says he wants state and federal regulators to take serious steps to find and implement solutions to Lake Erie’s persistent algae problem instead of leaving the issue to the courts.
U.S. District Judge James Carr met earlier this week with lawyers from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and an environmental group to discuss what should happen next.
Carr said last month that state and federal agencies have mishandled the issue over whether the lake should be designated as impaired.
The Blade reports Carr said it’s time for tougher rules to clean up the lake and to prevent the formation of sometimes toxic algae blooms that plague the lake’s western basin each year.
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