|Published:||Sep 30, 2010 3:11 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Sep 30, 2010 12:11 PM EDT|
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Federal water pollution rules covering Florida's rivers, lakes and streams have been delayed by a month.
The Environmental Protection Agency bowed Wednesday to pressure from Florida politicians including both of the state's two U.S. senators. The adoption of the rules was pushed back to Nov. 14.
Agriculture and business interests as well as utilities oppose the rules. They aruge that compliance will be too costly and harm the state's already sagging economy.
Environmentalists say they are needed to clean up pollution that's causing algae to clog the state's waterways, killing fish and causing health problems for humans.
EPA agreed to set the rules to settle a lawsuit by environmental groups and comply with federal law.