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Ohio House committee passes bill addressing toxic algal blooms
Rep. Dave Hall says the process is moving quickly now
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE BUREAU CHIEF KAREN KASLER


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Karen Kasler
 
Republican Rep. Dave Hall says he wants to give the Senate ample time to address the issues brought up in the bill.
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It’s been three months since toxic algae left hundreds of thousands of people in Toledo without water. And a bill that would try to deal with algae blooms has now moved a step closer to law.

Ohio Rep. Dave Hall of Millersburg chairs the House Agriculture Committee, which passed a sweeping bill with many changes. Hall admits it’s been slow because so many interested parties were involved but says it’s moving quickly now.

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“In less than two months, I have to get this thing passed out of my committee, onto the House floor, passed and then sent over to the Senate to allow them to have enough time to address these issues,” Hall says. 

The part of the bill dealing with algae would prohibit spreading agricultural manure on frozen ground in most instances, and would also require increased monitoring at public wastewater treatment plants.

The full House could vote on the bill this week.
 
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