Environmental group contends EPA unwilling to fix Lake Erie
By JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Advocacy groups suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency say the agency’s response in court documents bolsters their argument that not enough is being done to protect Lake Erie.
The groups’ lawsuit seeks to have the lake’s western basin declared impaired by toxic algae that’s threatening drinking water.
An impaired designation could lead to stricter pollution controls.
The U.S. EPA in court documents filed last week denies it violated any laws under the Clean Water Act by not including much of Lake Erie on the state’s list of impaired waterways. The agency also said Ohio’s environmental regulators didn’t examine whether Lake Erie’s open waters meet water quality standards.
An Ohio EPA spokeswoman says the lake was evaluated, adding that there’s not enough credible data to determine if open waters are impaired.