EPA Ordered To Revisit Mont. Water Standards

Law360, New York (October 14, 2009, 5:46 PM EDT) -- A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to re-evaluate Montana's relatively stringent water quality standards, which coalbed methane producers and neighboring Wyoming claim are not based on science.

Judge Clarence Brimmer of the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming on Tuesday sided with Wyoming and energy companies Pennaco Energy Inc., Marathon Oil Co. and Anadarko Petroleum Co., saying that the EPA had not clearly justified why Montana needed its tight standards for salinity and sodium content in its rivers.

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