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FL - Affected by toxic algal blooms? One Florida Congressman wants FEMA to help

Could the federal government's disaster-response agency help Floridians affected by toxic algal blooms, as it does after hurricanes and other natural disasters?

Could the federal government's disaster-response agency help Floridians affected by toxic algal blooms, as it does after hurricanes and other natural disasters?

A U.S. House committee has approved a measure that would require the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to develop a method for quantifying the economic losses from algal blooms, according to a Treasure Coast congressman.  

In the same way FEMA distributes money after hurricanes, an economic assessment could result in compensation after red tide and cyanobacteria blooms that have plagued both coasts in recent years, according to the House amendment.

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If the full House passes the amendment, FEMA would be required within one year to develop "criteria to assess damage caused by a harmful algal bloom" and file a report to Congress, according to the amendment filed by U.S. Rep. Brian Mast.

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