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January 16, 2010 3:09 PM

EPA's plan to set water-quality standards in Florida, a first

In a move cheered by environmental groups, the federal government on Friday proposed stringent limits on "nutrient" pollution allowed to foul Florida's waterways. The ruling _ which will cost industries and governments more than a billion dollars to comply _ marks the first time the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has intervened to set a state's water-quality standards.

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