Senator Brown Introduces Bill To Help Protect Lake Erie
SB 356 would require fertilizer applicator certification by December 2014
August 14, 2014
 
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Columbus – Today, Senator Edna Brown (D-Toledo) introduced Senate Bill 356, legislation to add animal manure to the list of fertilizers covered under current law for the purposes of fertilizer applicator certification. Senate Bill 356 is an expansion of Senate Bill 150, which was passed earlier this year. The legislation was introduced in light of the recent water crisis in which 500,000 Northwest Ohio residents were unable to use their tap water due to contamination from toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie.
 
Some of the main contributors to toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie—the sources of this water contamination—are phosphorus and nitrogen runoff from fertilizers used by farms, waste from livestock pens, and inadequately treated sewage from sewer overflows and faulty household sewage septic systems. All these factors must be addressed to ensure Ohioans have clean, safe drinking water.
 
“Regulation of manure does not mean that I don’t appreciate the contribution of our farmers to the state’s economy and to its food supply,” said Senator Brown.  “I know that for many smaller farmers it is their family’s livelihood.  But, I also know that they want to be part of the solution in addressing the future health of Lake Erie and its tributaries.”
 
Senate Bill 356 includes an emergency clause moving the effective date for fertilizer application from August 28, 2017 to December 31, 2014. The recent water crisis in Ohio highlights the necessity to keep Ohio’s water supply free from toxic algae and other pollutants that are harmful to the collective health of Ohio’s citizens. The importance of mitigating the negative impact on commerce in the state caused by the contaminated water cannot be overlooked.

 
 
 
  
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