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WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Rob Portman, R-Ohio, introduced Thursday the Harmful Algal Blooms and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act of 2013.

“This legislation takes critical steps toward protecting Lake Erie and Grand Lake St. Marys from harmful algae that has become a tremendous problem for our state,” said Portman, in a prepared statement. “As families and businesses across Ohio continue to struggle during this time of economic uncertainty, we cannot afford to let this threat to our tourism, fishing industries, and health go unchecked.”

The bill would reauthorize the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act, which was first enacted in 1998 and reauthorized in 2004 and 2008. The program has served as the federal government’s research and response framework for harmful algal blooms for more than a decade.

Portman introduced the bill with U.S. Senator Bill Nelson,D-Fla.

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