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Lyngbya wollei is a relatively new type of algae that has been found in Lake Erie. Photo by Mark Brush / Michigan Radio
Lyngbya wollei is a relatively new type of algae that has been found in Lake Erie. Photo by Mark Brush / Michigan Radio

Schumer wants EPA help for toxic algae in lakes

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Sen. Charles Schumer says toxic algae found in 96 upstate New York lakes could contaminate drinking water and hurt tourism.

The Democrat is asking the Environmental Protection Agency for guidance to help local water treatment plants test and treat the toxins in the drinking water as well as criteria to help identify contaminated water.

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Schumer said Wednesday the algae blooms are a result of climate change, aging sewer systems and the runoff from melting snow that may contain phosphorous.

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