TAKE ACTION: EPA to act on wild rice sulfate standard
Public comments accepted now through June 30, 2021.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting public comments regarding its inclusion of 30 additional waters on Minnesota’s Clean Water Act Impaired Waters List. This action is directly related to Minnesota’s current wild rice sulfate standard of 10 mg/L.
The EPA is listing waters as impaired that have not gone through proper rulemaking to designate them as being wild rice waters. Minnesota rules contain only 24 waters listed with a wild rice (WR) designation. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) attempted to revise the standard in 2017, as the agency recognized that the current standard is incorrect.
The ramifications of adding these waters to Minnesota’s Clean Water Act Impaired Waters List and enforcing an incorrect water quality standard are enormous and would negatively impact communities throughout our state.
Complete this form to officially tell the EPA that adding these waters is the wrong approach to protecting the environmental and economic health of Minnesota.