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Missouri to Intervene in Lawsuit Over Water Quality Standards

May 12, 2020, 3:58 PM

Missouri can intervene in a lawsuit accusing the Environmental Protection Agency of improperly approving the state’s water quality standards for nutrients in its lakes, a Missouri federal court ruled.

The Missouri Coalition for the Environment Foundation’s complaint says the agency approved the standards in 2018 without requiring an impairment threshold for nutrient pollutants that contribute to excessive algae growth in violation of the Clean Water Act. The EPA accepted the state’s response that its department of natural resources couldn’t produce numeric nutrients criteria at the time, the group says.

Missouri has a right to intervene because the standards were proposed...

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