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Spokane Co. high-phosphate detergent ban working

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A year after Spokane County became the only place in the country to ban phosphate-laden dishwashing detergents, new data shows the effort appears to be working.

The Spokesman-Review reports water coming into Spokane's sewage plant the first 12 months of the ban had nearly 11% less phosphorus than the annual average the previous three years.

Officials say phosphorous in rivers and lakes spurs algae growth that can use up oxygen in the water, killing fish.

Many Spokane County residents unhappy with the performance of available eco-friendly suds have been driving to nearby Idaho to buy the old high-phosphate stuff.

Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com

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