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3 more hearings set on new pollution rules

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — State environmental officials will hold three more public hearings this month on new phosphorus limits in Wisconsin waters.

The state Department of Natural Resources currently restricts how much phosphorus wastewater facilities can discharge, but federal officials are pushing states to adopt precise standards on the total amount of phosphorus allowed in water bodies.

Environmentalists say the limits will lead to cleaner water, but wastewater facilities and other industries say they’ll have to spend millions of dollars to comply.

The DNR held the first public hearing on the limits in Rhinelander on Thursday. Other hearings are set for April 20 in Green Bay, April 21 in Oconomowoc and April 27 in Eau Claire.

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