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Low tide on the flats, Cape Cod Bay, Brewster (Joanna Vaughan/Flickr)
Low tide on the flats, Cape Cod Bay, Brewster (Joanna Vaughan/Flickr)

Boston Harbor got its big cleanup years ago, but the waters of Cape Cod are becoming more polluted. The pollution — a result of excess nitrogen from outdated septic systems — is killing fish and other wildlife and mucking up pristine swimming areas.

We examine a new lawsuit that accuses the EPA of not doing its job. And we and explain why cleaning up the problem will cost Cape residents a lot of money.

Guests:

  • Katie Zezima, New York Times contributor
  • Cynthia Liebman, attorney for the Conservation Law Foundation, which brought the suit
  • Paul Niedzweicki, executive director of the Cape Cod Commission, the regional planning group and a defendant in the suit

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This program aired on August 26, 2010.

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