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Panel OKs estuary nutrient limits as environmental groups mount new challenge

A boater returns before sunset over Apalachicola Bay. The bay was one of six estuaries that receive phosphorus and nitrogen limits under recommendations OK'd by the state Environmental Regulation Commission. Photo by Bruce Ritchie.

A state panel on Tuesday approved phosphorus and nitrogen limits recommended by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for Panhandle estuaries.

Environmental groups have been battling DEP and industry groups over setting nutrient limits to prevent waterways from becoming choked with weeds and algae. Industry groups opposed pollution limits set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as too expensive while environmental groups supported them.

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