12/11/12

In the news: Fertilizer fees provide funding for clean water research

A 75-cent-per-ton charge on fertilizer sales was implemented this fall in the state of Illinois, with the goal of providing funding for further research on runoff, water pollution, and water protection. 

“The 75-cents-per-ton charge has the backing of both farm and environmental groups. It raises funding for research into fertilizer and other runoff that contribute to water pollution…

The fee is in addition to a 25-cents-per-ton charge used to pay the cost of Illinois Department of Agriculture regulation of fertilizer quality and safety. Department spokesman Jeff Squibb said the department continues to oversee the programs, but the 75 cents charge goes to the foundation.

Fertilizer and animal-waste runoff are major contributors to excessive nitrogen and phosphates that create hazards to wildlife and humans in water supplies, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA also has been pushing states to adopt stricter requirements on all types of runoff, including agricultural, storm water and wastewater.”
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