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Coal Plant Byproduct, If Spread on Farms, Could Fight Lake Erie Algae

Jan. 14, 2013

WOOSTER, Ohio -- 

Warren Dick, a soil biochemist in the university’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), said applying fluidized gas desulfurization (FGD) gypsum to crop fields can keep soluble phosphorus, the main nutrient feeding the algae, from getting washed from the soil by heavy rains, then running off into streams and rivers and eventually into the lake.

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