Clearing the waters

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EPA, city at odds on new permit

The Research Bureau’s May 18 report on storm water regulations in Worcester brings welcome clarity to a complex and contentious issue that has unnecessarily divided public officials and environmental advocates.

The report’s value lies both in sketching the history that has led to tighter environmental regulations — and much cleaner water — and in explaining why Worcester and many other places are reaching a point of diminishing returns in efforts to achieve a still cleaner environment.

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