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Senate to vote on bill to delay phosphorus rules

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin state Senate plans to vote on a bill that would allow for delaying implementation of costly phosphorus reduction rules.

The Republican-sponsored proposal is up for a vote Tuesday.

The bill also gives communities and the industry more options and time for reducing the pollutant which causes algae.

Municipal treatment plant operators and business groups have been lobbying for changes, saying the current regulations are too expensive, difficult to meet and won’t work as hoped to cut down on algae growth in public waters.

The state approved phosphorus regulation in late 2010, under then-Gov. Jim Doyle, but current Gov. Scott Walker and Republicans have been looking at scaling them back.

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