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US House approves bill to step up fight against toxic algae

Members of Congress have called for more aggressive federal action to prevent toxic algae from contaminating the Great Lakes and other waterways around the nation, such as an outbreak on Lake Erie last summer that left more than 400,000 people without safe tap water for two days. The House approved a bill this week that would require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to develop within 90 days of enactment a plan for assessing and managing risk from algal toxins such as cyanobacteria — a type of bacteria commonly known as blue-green algae. The bacteria produce a toxin called microcystin, which can cause liver damage. Such toxins pose "a serious concern to human health...