Illinois EPA officials preparing pollutant-reducing plan

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SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Environmental Protection Agency officials say they are preparing plans that would reduce the amount of phosphorous and nitrogen in rivers and lakes throughout the state.

After months of talks between agriculture professionals, waste water agencies, and environmentalists, the Illinois EPA is set to release the pollutant-removing proposal to the public in November.  The pollutants come from multiple sources, such as agricultural fertilizers, waste water treatment facilities, and storm water from cities.

According to IEPA water bureau chief Marcia White, the proposal includes increasing education and outreach among state farmers about resources available to them, as well as funding.  White also says officials will gather the public's input about the plan during a comment period, and that the agency plans to finalize the proposal by the end of the year.
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