Water Pollution Rules Ambiguous: Minn. High Court

Law360, New York (April 3, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Calling existing water pollution rules ambiguous, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that the state's environmental agency had leeway under the Clean Water Act to allow the expansion of a sewage treatment plant despite not having set final phosphorous discharge levels, reversing a 2007 lower court ruling.

In a 4-2 decision, with one abstention, Minnesota's high court ruled that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency had the authority under the Clean Water Act to reissue the Alexandria Lake Area Sanitation District's license to operate and expand a sewage...
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