Tallahassee, Florida (AP) --
Federal water pollution rules covering Florida's rivers, lakes and streams have been delayed by a month.
The Environmental Protection Agency bowed Wednesday, Sept. 29 to pressure from Florida politicians including both of the state's two U.S.
senators. The adoption of the rules was pushed back to Nov. 14.
Agriculture and business interests as well as utilities oppose
the rules. They argue that compliance will be too costly and harm
the state's already sagging economy.
Environmentalists say they are needed to clean up pollution
that's causing algae to clog the state's waterways, killing fish
and causing health problems for humans.
EPA agreed to set the rules to settle a lawsuit by environmental
groups and comply with federal law.