HOUSTON (AP) _ Texas environmental regulators will keep strict limits for E. coli bacteria in recreational waters, opting against a staff recommendation to relax the standard.
The three-member, governor-appointed Texas Commission on Environmental Quality voted Wednesday to keep the stricter limit recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Environmental groups and some local governmental bodies had opposed relaxing the rules, which could have slightly raised the risk to public health.
TCEQ aquatic scientist Jim Davenport says the staff was in favor of loosening the standards because it would have allowed more time to focus on heavily polluted bodies of water.
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