After two years of rule-making, citizen support, state adoption in February, and final approval by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in September (see article below), Iowa’s new water quality antidegradation rules are being threatened by a special interests’ lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed on October 4, 2010, by the Iowa Farm Bureau, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association and Iowa Water Environment Association–organizations representing corporations and individuals who obtain permits to discharge pollution into Iowa waters.
At every stage these rules have faced significant opposition from wastewater dischargers who support the status quo and inflate the projected costs of doing business in a new way–a way that would stem the continued degradation of our waters. Watch this site for developments.
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