Houma, LA (AP) - The federal government has told Louisiana to put the Gulf of Mexico "dead zone" back onto a national list of polluted water bodies, but state environmental officials say "no."
Department of Environmental Quality officials say that would put Louisiana on the hook for cleaning it up. But they say the state has no power to do that because the areas where oxygen is too low to support life are largely caused by runoff from states further north.
The Impaired Waters List is an annual compilation of waterways that are impaired or threatened by pollution. Listing waters triggers development of a plan to cap pollutants.