MADISON (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker now wants to delay putting the state's new phosphorus pollution limits into effect rather than scaling them back.
Walker's original budget proposal called for ratcheting back the standards so they were no more restrictive than other states' limits. But Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp told the Legislature's budget committee Monday that Walker's top aide now wants to modify the plan to delay the standards for two years rather than bringing them in line with other states.
Stepp says communities can't afford to comply with the new limits right now. A two-year wait would give provide more time to develop more flexible implementation options and for other states to bring their standards up to Wisconsin's, leveling the playing field for businesses.
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