State Considers Allowing More Waste in Rivers

State Considers Allowing More Waste in Rivers

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(Undated-AP) -- Utah is considering looser rules when it comes to the pollution dumped from sewage treatment plants into Utah's rivers, streams and lakes.

The Environmental Protection Agency has decided to allow treatment plants to discharge higher levels of ammonia. It's up to each individual state to decide if they want to relax their own rules.

The new standards would mean a one-percent to 15-percent jump in the permitted amount of ammonia allowed in the discharge.

William Moellmer is an environmental scientist with the Utah Division of Water Quality. He says none of the changes would harm the environment.

The relaxed ammonia rules could also mean lower costs for operations at sewage treatment plants.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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