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Senate passes water quality bill, House passes fertilizer amendment -- and Sierra Club slams both

Nature photographer John Moran maneuvers a canoe through an algae, bloom in the Santa Fe River Tuesday, May 22, 2012. At right is Leslie Gamble. Photo by Doug Finger/ Gainesville Sun

The Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that could help the state implement water quality standards while the House amended a permitting bill to add a moratorium on new fertilizer ordinances.

Environmentalists have battled the Florida Department of Environmental Protection over limits on nitrogen and phosphorus that cause algae blooms and contribute to toxic red tide. Industry groups support DEPs adopted limits but environmentalists say those rules allow studies to avoid enforcement of limits.

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