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Judge: MPCA Didn't Fix All Defects in Sulfate Standard Proposal

Judge disapproves the second proposal by the MPCA about the state's sulfate standard. Judge disapproves the second proposal by the MPCA about the state's sulfate standard. | 

Created: April 16, 2018 05:34 PM

Another blow for the MPCA and its work to change the state's sulfate standard when it comes to wild rice waters.

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On Thursday, April 12th, the Chief Administrative Law Judge issued an order that said the agency has not fixed all the identified defects in the original proposal. The original proposal was disapproved by two judges back in January.

The recent order also said the judge declined to grant the MPCA's request to adopt the proposed rule as modified.

The proposal had been to use an equation based method to calculate the sulfide level in the waters, versus the current 10 parts per million sulfate standard.

The mining industry has been watching this closely, as had communities that manage their wastewater treatment facilities. 

The MPCA said they will not comment at this time.

Below is a link to the judge's order.

https://mn.gov/oah/assets/9003-34519-pca-sulfate-water-quality-wild-rice-rules-chief-judge-reconsideration-order_tcm19-335811.pdf

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