Appeals Court Upholds New Water Quality Rules

Cities Claim Changes will Cost Millions

An appeals court has upheld new water quality standards which are aimed at controlling algae in Minnesota’s rivers and streams.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency imposed the stricter rules recently as part of the Clean Water Act.

But, some cities say it will cost millions to comply with the tighter standards.

A coalition of cities, along with soybean growers, asked the Minnesota Court of Appeals to stop intervening, saying the agency’s rule-making process was flawed.

Minnesota Public Radio News reports the court rejected the challenge, which means waste-water treatment plants that discharge phosphorus into streams and rivers will have to comply with tougher standards.

Moorhead is among the cities that went to court.

City leaders say it will cost $10 million to meet the new standards.

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