Ohio lawmakers OK proposed Lake Erie water rules

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio's governor says new rules on how much water farms and factories in Ohio can draw from Lake Erie will help bring jobs to the state.

But environmental groups are worried the rules don't go far enough to protect the lake.

Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sihk) plans to put the rules in place after the state Senate approved a bill Tuesday that establishes regulations for large-scale withdrawals from Lake Erie and its tributaries.

Kasich vetoed an earlier attempt to establish rules last year.

Environmentalists are most upset about language involving the protection of rivers from huge water withdrawals and limits on who can appeal permits issued for water use.

Some opponents have said there's a good chance they'll file a lawsuit challenging the new rules.