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As the election nears, new rules are facing delays

Posted: July 30, 2012 11:30 a.m.
Updated: July 30, 2012 11:30 a.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — With elections nearing, the Obama administration has put a growing list of potential regulations on hold. The affected rules include everything from banning children from dangerous work on farms to cracking down on junk food at school bake sales.

It all comes at a time when Republicans and business groups blame government regulation for job losses.

In one case, the administration had agreed to set federal limits on runoff in Florida. Environmental groups thought the state's waters would get cleaner from a nutrient overdose that spawns algae, suffocates rivers, lakes and streams and forms byproducts in drinking water that could make people sick.

Nearly three years later — with a presidential election looming and Florida expected to play a critical role in the outcome — they're still waiting.


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