Advocates reach invasive species deal with EPA

Associated Press: Advocacy groups said Tuesday they had reached a legal settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requiring tougher federal regulations for ships that dump ballast water in U.S. harbors, a leading way in which invasive species are spread. Cargo ships often carry millions of gallons of water and sediments in ballast tanks to help keep vessels upright in rough seas. Ballast water teems with fish, bacteria and other organisms that are released into U.S. harbors as freight is taken on.......

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